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a suffix used in names of hydrocarbons of the methane or paraffin series:
< Latin -ānus -an Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -ane


indicating an alkane hydrocarbon hexane
Word Origin
coined to replace -ene, -ine, and -one
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Word Origin and History for -ane
in chemical use, proposed 1866 by August Wilhelm von Hofmann to go with -ene, -ine, -one.
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-ane in Medicine

-ane suff.
A saturated hydrocarbon: hexane.

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-ane in Science
A suffix used to form the names of saturated hydrocarbons, such as ethane. The suffix is shortened to -an- before other suffixes to indicate compounds derived from saturated hydrocarbons, as in ethanol.
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