Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless flammable liquid, C6H14, derived from the fractional distillation of petroleum and used as a solvent and as a working fluid in low-temperature thermometers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of five isomeric aliphatic hydrocarbons, C6H14. They are colorless, volatile liquids.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sixth member (C6H14) of the paraffin series of hydrocarbons. It is a liquid, boiling at about 60┬░ C., found in various natural oils.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

From hex + -ane. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The initial story about the strike mentioned the dispute over pay but also the workers 'outrage over alleged deaths suffered by their coworkers due to prolonged exposure to a chemical called hexane, which is used for cleaning touch panels.

    The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

  • Hexane is listed as a hazardous air pollutant with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the report, which called hexane the "dirty little secret of the 'natural' soy foods industry."

    Democratic Underground Latest Breaking News

  • Cornucopia, an organic industry watchdog, first investigated the use of these "novel" nutritional oils, derived from soil fungus and algae, in infant formula, because they are extracted using a neurotoxic chemical, hexane, which is explicitly banned in organic production.

    foodconsumer.org

  • Surprisingly, the company claims that it does no longer use n-hexane, which is a banned substance that workers stated caused death and paralysis of employees.

    Softpedia - Windows - All

  • The initial preparation uses a chemical solvent such as hexane, a by product of crude oil distillation, or super critical carbon dioxide SCCD.

    Home Herbal Preparations: Essential Oil Extraction

  • Therefore it would be best to remove the oil with solvents such as hexane or by cold pressing with an oil expeller.

    2. Survey of neem-processing methods

  • Professor Jessop is trying to get rid of the use of volatile chemicals such as hexane by giving industries an option to use a manufacturing process that is both economically and environmentally friendly.

    D Mag - News

  • The incident is believed to be related with the chemical, hexane, used for cleaning the touch screen of i-Phones

    Global Voices in English » USA: Pilgrimage into the Wild

  • Ethanol is just silly compared to producing hexane or plain vegetable oil which are much easier to distribute and burn in cars.

    Bio-default (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Apple's reticence was heavily criticised last May, when at least 62 workers fell sick after inhaling n-hexane used to clean touch screens at a Wintek electronics factory in Suzhou.

    Apple secretive about 'polluting and poisoning' supply chain, says report

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