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sterane (plural steranes)

  1. (organic chemistry) A tetracyclic hydrocarbon related to the steroids
    • 2009 February 5, Gordon D. Love et al., “Fossil steroids record the appearance of Demospongiae during the Cryogenian period”, Nature, volume 457, number 7230, DOI:10.1038/nature07673, pages 718-721: 
      At right, values in parentheses represent a measure of relative signal intensity for the steranes in acquired MRM chromatograms (though absolute abundances are determined from individual peak areas) and the numbers beneath are the masses (in daltons) of the ion transitions (molecular weight fragment ion) used in MRM GC-MS in each case.