methane series definition

  • noun:
    • See alkane series.
    • a series of concentrated hydrocarbons, of which methane could be the first member and kind, and (due to their basic chemical inertness and indifference) labeled as in addition the paraffin (little affinity) series. The lightest users are fumes, as methane, ethane; advanced members are liquids, as hexane, heptane, an such like. (present benzine, kerosene, etc.); while the greatest people tend to be white, waxy, or fatty solids, as paraffin proper.
    • a number of non-aromatic concentrated hydrocarbons using general formula CnH(2n+2)

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