alkane series
alkane series alkane series n. (Chem.) a series of acyclic non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula {CnH(2n+2)}. They include methane, ethane, propane, butane, and the paraffins.

Syn: methane series, alkane series, paraffin [WordNet 1.5 PC]


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  • alkane series — noun a series of non aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2) • Syn: ↑methane series, ↑alkane, ↑paraffin series, ↑paraffin • Hypernyms: ↑aliphatic compound • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • alkane series — Chem. the homologous series of saturated, aliphatic hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, as methane, CH4, or ethane, C2H6. Also called methane series, paraffin series. [1945 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • alkane series — /ˈælkeɪn ˌsɪəriz/ (say alkayn .searreez) noun a homologous series of saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, as methane (CH4), ethane (C2H6), etc.; paraffin series; alkanes; methane series …   Australian English dictionary

  • alkane — n. (Chem.) a non aromatic saturated acyclic hydrocarbon with the general formula {CnH(2n+2)}. A member of the {alkane series}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alkane — /al kayn/, n. Chem. any member of the alkane series. [1895 1900; ALK(YL) + ANE] * * * or paraffin Any of a class of hydrocarbons whose molecules consist only of carbon and hydrogen atoms joined by single covalent bonds (general formula CnH(2n +… …   Universalium

  • alkane — n. chemical compound of the alkane series …   English contemporary dictionary

  • alkane — [al′kān΄] n. [ ALK(YL) + (METH)ANE] any of a series of saturated hydrocarbons with open chains, having the formula CnH2n+2: these compounds are sometimes said to be in the methane or paraffin series …   English World dictionary

  • alkane — ► NOUN Chemistry ▪ any of the series of saturated hydrocarbons including methane, ethane, propane, and higher members. ORIGIN from ALKYL(Cf. ↑24 7) …   English terms dictionary

  • Alkane — Not to be confused with Alkene or Alkyne. Chemical structure of methane, the simplest alkane Alkanes (also known as paraffins or saturated hydrocarbons) are chemical compounds that consist only of hydrogen and carbon atoms and are bonded… …   Wikipedia

  • alkane — /ˈælkeɪn/ (say alkayn) noun any member of the alkane (paraffin) series, with the general formula CnH2n+2 …   Australian English dictionary

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