silicon-tetrahydride

silicon tetrahydride

noun Chemistry.
silane ( def 1 ).
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silane

[sil-eyn]
noun Chemistry.
1.
Also called silicon tetrahydride. a gas with an unpleasant odor, SiH 4 , soluble in water: used as a doping agent for semiconductors in the production of solid-state devices.
2.
any of a class of silicon hydrides analogous to the alkanes.

Origin:
< German Silan (1916); see silicon, -ane

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silane sil·ane (sĭl'ān')
n.
Any of a group of highly reactive hydrocarbons containing tetravalent silicon instead of carbon.

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