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Meaning of PARAFFIN

Pronunciation:  'parufin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  British usage
  2. [n]  a non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbon with the general formula CnH(2n+2)
  3. [n]  from crude petroleum; used for candles and for preservative or waterproof coatings

PARAFFIN is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: alkane, alkane series, methane series, paraffin oil, paraffin wax
 See Also: aliphatic compound, amine, aminoalkane, butane, heptane, hexane, kerosene, kerosine, methane, wax



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Par"af*fin\, Paraffine \Par"af*fine\, n. [F.
paraffine, fr. L. parum too little + affinis akin. So named
in allusion to its chemical inactivity.] (Chem.)
A white waxy substance, resembling spermaceti, tasteless and
odorless, and obtained from coal tar, wood tar, petroleum,
etc., by distillation. It is used as an illuminant and
lubricant. It is very inert, not being acted upon by most of
the strong chemical reagents. It was formerly regarded as a
definite compound, but is now known to be a complex mixture
of several higher hydrocarbons of the methane or marsh-gas
series; hence, by extension, any substance, whether solid,
liquid, or gaseous, of the same chemical series; thus coal
gas and kerosene consist largely of paraffins.

Note: In the present chemical usage this word is spelt
      paraffin, but in commerce it is commonly spelt

{Native paraffin}. See {Ozocerite}.

{Paraffin series}. See {Methane series}, under {Methane}.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: An organic molecule containing carbon and hydrogen atoms in straight or branched chains, where all of the carbon-carbon bonds are single bonds. One of three major classes of aliphatic hydrocarbons.
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