Definition of sterane in English:


Syllabification: ster·ane
Pronunciation: /ˈsterˌān, ˈsti(ə)r-


Any of a class of saturated polycyclic hydrocarbons that are found in crude oils and are derived from the sterols of ancient organisms.
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  • This biomarker group is, like the steranes, characterized by numerous maturity-sensitive stereoisomers.
  • But because steranes are commonly degraded by bacteria, they are of limited use.
  • Contrary to expectation, the relative abundance of steranes seems to be lower than that of the hopanoids, with the variety of hopanoid structures greatly outnumbering those of the steranes.


1950s: from steroid + -ane2.

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