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Definition of Aliphatic Hydrocarbon

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This is the chemical structure of isopentane.

This is the chemical structure of isopentane. Isopentane is an example of an aliphatic hydrocarbon.

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Aliphatic Hydrocarbon Definition: An aliphatic compound is a hydrocarbon compound containing carbon and hydrogen joined together in straight chains, branched trains or non-aromatic rings.

Also Known As: aliphatic compound

Examples: ethylene, isooctane, acetylene

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