Definition of dioxane in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈɒkseɪn/
(also dioxan /dʌɪˈɒksan/)


[mass noun] Chemistry
A colourless toxic liquid used as an organic solvent.
Example sentences
  • In a manner similar to the UV-absorption, the excimer fluorescence emission of la [meso] in aqueous solution was affected by the presence of less-polar aprotic solvent THF or dioxane.
  • For Bchl and Chl dissolved in diethyl ether, toluene, acetone, ethanol and acetonitrile, the Mg atom was found to be pentacoordinated, whereas it was hexacoordinated in dioxane, tetrahydrofuran, pyridine and methanol.
  • After incubation the agarose was washed successively with dioxane solution, dioxane, distilled water and ethanol.


Early 20th century: from di-1 'two' + ox- 'oxygen' + -an (or -ane2).

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