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Historical Examples

Melt these together over a slow fire, mixing with them a little powder of alkane root to color it.
Burroughs’ Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889 Barkham Burroughs


any saturated aliphatic hydrocarbon with the general formula CnH2n+2
(as modifier): alkane series

Also called paraffin

alkane al·kane (āl’kān’)
Any of various saturated open-chain hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, the most abundant of which is methane.
Any of a group of hydrocarbons that have carbon atoms in chains linked by single bonds and that have the general formula CnH2n+2. Alkanes can be either gaseous, liquid, or solid. They occur naturally in petroleum and natural gas, and include methane, propane and butane. Also called paraffin. ◇ The group of alkanes as a whole is called the alkane series or the methane or paraffin series. Its first six members are methane, ethane, propane, butane, pentane, and hexane.


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