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propane

[proh-peyn] /ˈproʊ peɪn/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a colorless, flammable gas, C 3 H 8 , of the alkane series, occurring in petroleum and natural gas: used chiefly as a fuel and in organic synthesis.
Also called dimethylmethane.
Origin
1866
1866; prop(ionic) + -ane
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  • The grill is fueled by propane, so there is no need to run a gas line.
  • Powered by propane or a mixture of propane and butane, these devices are not meant to burn weeds.
  • The night before someone came by with a propane grill and cooked brisket for everyone.
  • Other options include stoves that run on propane gas or pellets, or reflect solar radiation onto a cooking vessel.
  • Had the propane bombs in the cafeteria and their vehicles worked, hundreds would have been killed.
  • So an explosion of one pound of hydrogen will produce less of a bang than one pound of gasoline, propane, or natural gas.
  • It was a sizable propane tank stuffed with high explosives.
  • When family-kitchen propane tanks run out, there will be no cooking.
  • The solvent breaks down the bitumen, allowing it to be pumped out along with the propane, which can be reused.
  • The essence of the system is the circulation of a fluid such as ammonia or propane.
British Dictionary definitions for propane

propane

/ˈprəʊpeɪn/
noun
1.
a colourless flammable gaseous alkane found in petroleum and used as a fuel. Formula: CH3CH2CH3
Word Origin
C19: from propionic acid + -ane
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Word Origin and History for propane
n.

"colorless gas occurring in petroleum," 1866, with chemical suffix -ane + prop(ionic acid) (1850), from French propionique (1847), from Greek pro "forward" (see pro-) + pion "fat" (see fat (adj.)), in reference to its being first in order of the fatty acids.

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propane in Medicine

propane pro·pane (prō'pān')
n.
A colorless hydrocarbon found in natural gas and petroleum and widely used as a fuel.

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propane in Science
propane
  (prō'pān')   
A colorless, gaseous hydrocarbon found in petroleum and natural gas. It is widely used as a fuel. Propane is the third member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C3H8.
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