Also found in: Thesaurus.
A group of saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2, the simplest and most abundant of which is methane. Also called methane series, paraffin series.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||alkane series - a series of non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2)|
aliphatic compound - organic compound that is an alkane or alkene or alkyne or their derivative
butane - occurs in natural gas; used in the manufacture of rubber and fuels
amine, aminoalkane - a compound derived from ammonia by replacing hydrogen atoms by univalent hydrocarbon radicals
heptane - a colorless volatile highly flammable liquid obtained from petroleum and used as an anesthetic or a solvent or in determining octane ratings
hexane - a colorless flammable liquid alkane derived from petroleum and used as a solvent
methane - a colorless odorless gas used as a fuel