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[eth-eyn] /ˈɛθ eɪn/

noun, Chemistry.
a colorless, odorless, flammable gas, C 2 H 6 , of the methane series, present in natural gas, illuminating gas, and crude petroleum: used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a fuel gas.
/ˈiːθeɪn; ˈɛθ-/
a colourless odourless flammable gaseous alkane obtained from natural gas and petroleum: used as a fuel and in the manufacture of organic chemicals. Formula: C2H6

1873, from ethyl + -ane, the appropriate suffix under Hofmann’s system.
A colorless, odorless, flammable gas occurring in natural gas. It is used as a fuel and in refrigeration. Ethane is the second member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C2H6.


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