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A colorless liquid, C16H34, used as a solvent and as a performance standard for diesel fuels.
[Latin cētus, whale (so called because it is found in sperm whale oil); see Cetus + -ane.]
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(Elements & Compounds) a colourless insoluble liquid alkane hydrocarbon used in the determination of the cetane number of diesel fuel. Formula: C16H34. Also called: hexadecane
[C19: from Latin cētus whale + -ane, so called because related compounds are found in sperm whale oil]
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a colorless, liquid hydrocarbon, the alkane C16H34, used as a solvent.
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