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A compound in the homologous series of saturated, aliphatic hydrocarbons with the basic formula of (CnH2n+2). Examples are methane, ethane and propane. See also Paraffin, and Aliphatic hydrocarbon.

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998