Acyclic branched or unbranched hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2
, and therefore consisting entirely of hydrogen atoms and saturated carbon atoms.
See also: cycloalkanes
PAC, 1995, 67, 1307. 'Glossary of class names of organic compounds and reactivity intermediates based on structure (IUPAC Recommendations 1995)' on page 1313 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199567081307)