Definition of ethane in English:

ethane

Syllabification: eth·ane
Pronunciation: /ˈeTHˌān
 
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noun

Chemistry
  • A colorless, odorless, flammable gas that is a constituent of petroleum and natural gas. It is the second member of the alkane series.
    • Chemical formula: C2H6
    More example sentences
    • It consists mainly of methane, the simplest hydrocarbon, as well as small amounts of heavier, more complex hydrocarbons such as ethane, butane and propane.
    • The gas component may be ethane, propane, butane, carbon dioxide, or hydrogen sulphide, but is most commonly methane.
    • Some familiar examples include methane, ethane, propane, and kerosene.

Origin

late 19th century: from ether + -ane2.

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