|—suffix forming nouns|
|indicating an alkane hydrocarbon: hexane|
|[coined to replace -ene, -ine, and -one]|
A saturated hydrocarbon: hexane.
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.