Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any member of the alkane series.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hydrocarbon, CnH2n+2, of the marsh-gas or methane series: official name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) a non-aromatic saturated acyclic hydrocarbon with the general formula CnH(2n+2). A member of the alkane series.

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  • noun organic chemistry Any of saturated hydrocarbons including methane, ethane and compounds with long carbon chain known as paraffins etc., having a chemical formula of the form CnH2n+2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a series of non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

alk(yl) + -ane.

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alkyl +‎ -ane.

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