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A saturated hydrocarbon: hexane.
suffix forming nouns
(Chemistry) indicating an alkane hydrocarbon: hexane.
[coined to replace -ene, -ine, and -one]
adj., n., pron. Chiefly Scot.
a suffix used in names of hydrocarbons of the methane or paraffin series: propane.
[< Latin -ānus -an1]
A suffix used to form the names of saturated hydrocarbons (hydrocarbons having only single bonds), such as ethane. Compare -ene.