alkane-series

alkane series

noun Chemistry.
the homologous series of saturated, aliphatic hydrocarbons having the general formula C n H 2n+2 , as methane, CH 4 , or ethane, C 2 H 6 .
Also called methane series, paraffin series.


Origin:
1945–50

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