Definition of alkane noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

alkane

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈælkeɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈælkeɪn//
 
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any of a series of compounds that contain carbon and hydrogen Methane and propane are alkanes. Word Origin late 19th cent.: from alkyl (German, from Alkohol ‘alcohol’ + -yl) + -ane.
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