Definition of alkane in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈalˌkān/


Any of the series of saturated hydrocarbons including methane, ethane, propane, and higher members.
  • Alkanes have the general formula: CnH2n+2.
Example sentences
  • This method of production is still used although oxidation of methane, pyrolysis of alkanes, and cracking of hydrocarbons are more commonly encountered.
  • Because the salts of these ions and the alkane sulfonates and alkyl hydrogen sulfates are largely water soluble, the detergent remains dispersed in the water.
  • Furthermore, there was no evidence of ethyl esters, dimers, alkanes or alkenes, which might be expected for an oxidative reaction.


Late 19th century: from alkyl + -ane2.

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Syllabification: al·kane

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