Definition of cyclopropane in English:

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Pronunciation: /sʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈprəʊpeɪn/


[mass noun] Chemistry
A flammable gaseous synthetic compound whose molecule contains a ring of three carbon atoms. It has some use as a general anaesthetic.
  • Chemical formula: C3H6.
Example sentences
  • The simplest compound is cyclopropane, but its non-tetrahedral bond angles within the ring severely strain it, and it is very unstable.
  • I then used the moles of cyclopropane in the lipids and the lipid solubility coefficient to calculate body lipid mass.
  • The 1930s saw the introduction of new inhalational agents, notably cyclopropane, so potent that it could be given with a high percentage of oxygen, and as a result valuable for the developing surgery for lung disease.

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