Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[al-keyn] /ˈæl keɪn/
noun, Chemistry.
any member of the alkane series.
Origin of alkane
1895-1900; alk(yl) + -ane Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for alkane
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for alkane


  1. any saturated aliphatic hydrocarbon with the general formula CnH2n+2
  2. (as modifier): alkane series
Also called paraffin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
alkane in Medicine

alkane al·kane (āl'kān')
Any of various saturated open-chain hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, the most abundant of which is methane.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
alkane in Science
Any of a group of hydrocarbons that have carbon atoms in chains linked by single bonds and that have the general formula CnH2n+2. Alkanes can be either gaseous, liquid, or solid. They occur naturally in petroleum and natural gas, and include methane, propane and butane. Also called paraffin. ◇ The group of alkanes as a whole is called the alkane series or the methane or paraffin series. Its first six members are methane, ethane, propane, butane, pentane, and hexane.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for alkane

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for alkane