Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as ethylene.

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

  • noun (Chem.) Ethylene; olefiant gas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun organic chemistry 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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

[eth(yl) + –ene.]

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