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

  • noun A group of saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, the simplest and most abundant of which is methane.

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

  • noun (Chem.) a series of acyclic non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2). They include methane, ethane, propane, butane, and the paraffins.

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)

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