Definitions for ENE
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Category: Nautical, Surveying, Navy
a suffix used to form names of unsaturated hydrocarbons (anthracene; benzene), esp. those of the alkene series (butylene).
Category: Chemistry, Affix
Origin of -ene:
< Gk -ēnē, fem. of -ēnos, adj. suffix denoting origin or source
east northeast, ENE(noun)
the compass point midway between northeast and east
The suffix -ene is used in organic chemistry to form names of organic compounds where the -C=C- group has been attributed the highest priority according to the rules of organic nomenclature. Sometimes a number between hyphens is inserted before it to say that the double bond is between that atom and the atom with the next number up. This suffix is taken from the end of the word ethylene, which is the simplest alkene. The final "-e" disappears if it is followed by a suffix that starts with a vowel, e.g. "-enal" which is a compound that contains both a -C=C- bond and an aldehyde functional group. If the other suffix starts with a consonant, the final "-e" remains, e.g. "-enediyne" A Greek number prefix before the "-ene" indicates how many double bonds there are in the compound, e.g. butadiene.
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