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[dek-eyn] /ˈdɛk eɪn/
noun, Chemistry
a hydrocarbon, C 10 H 22 , of the methane series, occurring in several isomeric forms.
Origin of decane
1870-75; dec- + -ane Unabridged
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  • decane was pumped through the brine-saturated core until no more brine was produced.
  • The surrogates were also compared to jet stirred reactor experiments of a mixture of methyl palmitate and n-decane.
British Dictionary definitions for decane


a liquid alkane hydrocarbon existing in several isomeric forms. Formula: C10H22
Word Origin
C19: from deca- + -ane
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decane in Science
Any of various liquid hydrocarbons containing ten carbon atoms in a chain, attached to hydrogen atoms. Decane is the tenth member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C10H22.
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