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Hexane \Hex"ane\, n. [Gr. "e`x six.] (Chem.) Any one of five hydrocarbons, C6H14, of the paraffin series. They are colorless, volatile liquids, and are so called because the molecule has six carbon atoms.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

paraffin hydrocarbon, 1872, from Greek hex "six" (see six) + chemical suffix -ane. So called for its six carbon atoms.


n. (context organic compound English) Any of five isomeric aliphatic hydrocarbons, C6H14. They are colorless, volatile liquids.


n. a colorless flammable liquid alkane derived from petroleum and used as a solvent


Hexane is an alkane of six carbon atoms, with the chemical formula CH.

The term may refer to any of the five structural isomers with that formula, or to a mixture of them. In IUPAC nomenclature, however, hexane is the unbranched isomer (n-hexane); the other four isomers are named as methylated derivatives of pentane and butane. IUPAC also uses the term as the root of many compounds with a linear six-carbon backbone, such as 2-methylhexane (CH), which is also called "isoheptane".

Hexanes are significant constituents of gasoline. They are all colorless liquids at room temperature, odorless when pure, with boiling points between 50 and 70 °C. They are widely used as cheap, relatively safe, largely unreactive, and easily evaporated non-polar solvents.

Hexane (data page)

This page provides supplementary chemical data on n-hexane.

Usage examples of "hexane".

In a large steel tank he mixed the chloropseudoephedrine with a metallic catalyst called palladium black and a powerful solvent called hexane, then capped the tank and pressurized it with pure, highly explosive hydrogen gas.

If the Parfumerie Devalier had owned a flash evaporator or a vacuum pump, the hexane stink would have been off that jasmine oil faster than a Japanese commuter off the bullet train.