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Pronunciation: (sil'ān), [key]
n. Chem.
1. Also called silicon tetrahydride. a gas with an unpleasant odor, SiH4, soluble in water: used as a doping agent for semiconductors in the production of solid-state devices.
2. any of a class of silicon hydrides analogous to the alkanes.

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