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Pronunciation: (eth'ān), [key]
n. Chem.
a colorless, odorless, flammable gas, C2H6, of the methane series, present in natural gas, illuminating gas, and crude petroleum: used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a fuel gas. Also called dimethyl.

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