ethane [eth-eyn] ExamplesWord Origin noun Chemistry.

  1. a colorless, odorless, flammable gas, C2H6, of the methane series, present in natural gas, illuminating gas, and crude petroleum: used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a fuel gas.

Origin of ethane First recorded in 1870–75; eth(yl) + -ane Also called dimethyl. Examples from the Web for ethane Historical Examples of ethane

  • All we need trouble about, however, is the first two, Methane and Ethane.

    The Romance of War Inventions

    Thomas W. Corbin

  • We have pictured to ourselves the molecule of methane: let us do the same with ethane.

    The Romance of War Inventions

    Thomas W. Corbin

  • Ethane, (C2H6), a hydrocarbon belonging to the paraffin series.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia


  • Acetylene combines with hydrogen in the presence of platinum black, and ethylene and then ethane result.

    Acetylene, The Principles Of Its Generation And Use

    F. H. Leeds

  • Add another of carbon and two more of hydrogen and you get the second “Ethane.”

    The Romance of War Inventions

    Thomas W. Corbin

  • British Dictionary definitions for ethane ethane noun

    1. a colourless odourless flammable gaseous alkane obtained from natural gas and petroleum: used as a fuel and in the manufacture of organic chemicals. Formula: C 2 H 6

    Word Origin for ethane C19: from eth (yl) + -ane Word Origin and History for ethane n.

    1873, from ethyl + -ane, the appropriate suffix under Hofmann’s system.

    ethane in Science ethane [ĕth′ān′]

    1. A colorless, odorless, flammable gas occurring in natural gas. It is used as a fuel and in refrigeration. Ethane is the second member of the alkane series. Chemical formula: C2H6.

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