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

  • n. See ethylene.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The official IUPAC name for the organic chemical compound ethylene. The simplest alkene, a colorless gaseous (at room temperature and pressure) hydrocarbon with the chemical formula C2H4.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ethylene; olefiant gas.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as ethylene.

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

  • n. a flammable colorless gaseous alkene; obtained from petroleum and natural gas and used in manufacturing many other chemicals; sometimes used as an anesthetic


eth(yl) + -ene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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