Definition of sterane in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsterˌān/ Pronunciation: /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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: ster·ane

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