methane series

methane series
noun
a series of non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2)
Hypernyms: ↑aliphatic compound
Hyponyms:
butane, ↑amine, ↑aminoalkane, ↑ethane, ↑C2H6, ↑heptane, ↑hexane, ↑methane

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noun
: the homologous series of saturated open-chain hydrocarbons CnH2n+2 of which methane is the first and lowest member followed by ethane, propane, the butanes, the pentanes, the hexanes, and higher members — called also paraffin series; compare paraffin I 2

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Chem.
[1885-90]

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methane series,
a homologous series of saturated, open-chain (aliphatic) hydrocarbons, with the group formula CnH2n + 2 (n standing for the number of carbon atoms in the molecule); alkanes. The methane series includes a larger number of known compounds than any other chain series, many of which, as methane, ethane, butane, and propane, are commercially important.

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