adamantane

adamantane

[ad-uh-man-teyn]
noun Chemistry.
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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