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

  • n. A group of saturated open-chain hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, the most abundant of which is methane. Also called methane series, paraffin series.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

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

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