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[hek-seyn] /ˈhɛk seɪn/

any of five isomeric hydrocarbons having the formula C 6 H 14 , of the alkane series, some of which are obtained from petroleum: used as solvents and chemical intermediates and in fuels.
a liquid alkane existing in five isomeric forms that are found in petroleum and used as solvents, esp the isomer with a straight chain of carbon atoms (n-hexane). Formula: C6H14

paraffin hydrocarbon, 1872, from Greek hex “six” (see six) + chemical suffix -ane. So called for its six carbon atoms.

hexane hex·ane (hěk’sān’)
A colorless, flammable liquid, derived from the distillation of petroleum and used as a solvent.
A colorless flammable liquid derived from the fractional distillation of petroleum. It is used as a solvent and in low-temperature thermometers. Hexane is the sixth member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C6H14.


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    [hek-suh-noh-ik, hek-suh-] /ˈhɛk səˈnoʊ ɪk, ˌhɛk sə-/ noun 1. . /ˌhɛksəˈnəʊɪk/ noun 1. an insoluble oily carboxylic acid found in coconut and palm oils and in milk. Formula: C5H11COOH

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