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[bawr-eyn, bohr-] /ˈbɔr eɪn, ˈboʊr-/
noun, Chemistry
any of the compounds, both neutral and anionic, of boron and hydrogen with formulas ranging from B 2 H 6 to B 20 H 16 .
Also called boron hydride.
Origin of borane
< German Boran (1916); see boron, -ane Unabridged
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  • In chemical storage, hydrogen is bonded to the molecules in a solid material such as ammonia borane.
  • Researchers have revealed a new single-stage method for recharging the hydrogen storage compound ammonia borane.
  • First, the team followed the catalyst-ammonia borane reaction with several technologies.
  • In chemistry, a borane is a chemical compound of boron and hydrogen.
British Dictionary definitions for borane


any compound of boron and hydrogen, used in the synthesis of other boron compounds and as high-energy fuels
Word Origin
C20: from bor(on) + -ane
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