Meaning of methane


Pronunciation: (meth'ānBrit.mē'thān), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a colorless, odorless, flammable gas, CH, the main constituent of marsh gas and the firedamp of coal mines, obtained commercially from natural gas: the first member of the methane, or alkane, series of hydrocarbons.
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