Acyclic branched or unbranched @H02889@ having the general formula CnH2n+2, and therefore consisting entirely of hydrogen atoms and saturated carbon atoms.
Source: PAC, 1995, 67, 1307. (Glossary of class names of organic compounds and reactivity intermediates based on structure (IUPAC Recommendations 1995)) on page 1313 [Terms] [Paper]
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