methane

See also: méthane

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EtymologyEdit

From methyl + -ane.

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NounEdit

methane (countable and uncountable, plural methanes)

  1. (organic chemistry, uncountable) The simplest aliphatic hydrocarbon, CH4, being a constituent of natural gas.
    Cattle emit a large amount of methane.
  2. (organic chemistry, countable) Any of very many derivatives of methane.

SynonymsEdit

  • methyl hydride (appears in some chemistry literature)
  • carbon tetrahydride (rare, systematic name)

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ReferencesEdit

  • methane” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
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