Definition of siloxane in English:


Line breaks: si¦lox|ane
Pronunciation: /sɪˈlɒkseɪn


  • A compound having a molecular structure based on a chain of alternate silicon and oxygen atoms, especially (as in silicone) with organic groups attached to the silicon atoms.
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    • The materials used to make siloxanes are the same as those used for silanes, but siloxanes form molecular chains with several silicon atoms.
    • I think that it's much more likely that we'll find life that uses different carbon-based compounds than it is that we find life based on siloxanes or some other framework.
    • The surfactants include fluroethers, oligomers of propylene-oxide, siloxanes, etc.


early 20th century: blend of silicon and oxygen + -ane2.

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