methane

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methyl +‎ -ane[1]

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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, and one of the most abundant greenhouse gases.
    Synonyms: methyl hydride (appears in some chemistry literature), carbon tetrahydride (rare, systematic name)
    Hypernym: greenhouse gas
    Cattle emit a large amount of methane.
  2. (organic chemistry, countable) Any of very many derivatives of methane.

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  1. ^ methane” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.

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