methane

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Etymology[edit]

From methyl + -ane.

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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.

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  • methane gas (an often-used term, although it really means methane)

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References[edit]

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