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Meaning of ethylene by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɛθəˌliːn/


    ethylene ( uncountable )

    1. ( organic chemistry ) The common name for the organic chemical compound ethene. The simplest alkene, a colorless gaseous ( at room temperature and pressure ) hydrocarbon with the chemical formula C2H4 .
    2. ( organic chemistry ) The divalent radical derived from ethane .
    Chemical Structure of Ethylene


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Explanation of ethylene by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a flammable colorless gaseous alkene

    Definition of ethylene by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Ethylene ( ĕthĭlēn ), n. [From Ethyl.] ( Chem. ) A colorless, gaseous hydrocarbon, C2H4, forming an important ingredient of illuminating gas, and also obtained by the action of concentrated sulphuric acid in alcohol. It is an unsaturated compound and combines directly with chlorine and bromine to form oily liquids ( Dutch liquid ), -- hence called olefiant gas. Called also ethene, elayl, and formerly, bicarbureted hydrogen.

      Ethylene series ( Chem. ), the series of unsaturated hydrocarbons of which ethylene is the type, and represented by the general formula CnH2n.