ethane etymology

English word ethane comes from English -ane, English eth-

Detailed word origin of ethane

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-ane English (eng) (chemistry) A simple binary compound of hydrogen and a nonmetal or metalloid.. (organic chemistry) A saturated hydrocarbon; an alkane.. Variant of -an, usually with differentiation (germane, humane, urbane), but sometimes alone (mundane).
eth- English (eng) (organic chemistry) Used as a combining form to denote the presence of 2 carbon atoms in the parent chain when forming names of organic compounds.
ethane English (eng) (organic compound, countable) The same compound, subjected to modification by replacing one or more of the hydrogen atoms with other radicals.. (organic compound, uncountable) An aliphatic hydrocarbon, C2H6, gaseous at normal temperatures and pressures, being a constituent of natural gas.

Words with the same origin as ethane

Descendants of -ane
bromomethane butane cyclobutane epoxyethane fluoromethane isobutane isohexane isooctane labdane ladderane methane methanesulfonic acid n-butane n-heptane nitromethane nonmethane octanal octane octanolysis olympiadane propane propanelike pterodactylane sulfurane
Descendants of eth-
aminoethane bromoethane chloroethane cyanoethane diazoethane ethanedinitrile ethanedithiol geoethane iodoethane nitroethane