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adamantane

[ad-uh-man-teyn] /ˌæd əˈmæn teɪn/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a white crystalline alicyclic hydrocarbon, C 10 H 16 , consisting of four fused cyclohexane rings, with the carbon atoms arranged as in the diamond lattice.
Compare amantadine.
Origin
< French; see adamant, -ane; so called from the diamondlike arrangement of the carbon atoms
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