Definition of ethene in English:

ethene

noun

  • systematic chemical name for ethylene
    • ‘The alkene ethene can be produced by heating ethanol with (for example) aluminum oxide.’
    • ‘For example reduction of ethanol gives the alkene ethene.’
    • ‘Polymerization of ethene gives polythene (polyethylene).’
    • ‘For instance, addition of water to ethene creates ethyl alcohol.’
    • ‘Ethane and propane, as well as being fuels, are important precursors in the manufacture of ethene, which is then further converted to a range of products.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from ether + -ene.

Pronunciation:

ethene

/ˈɛθiːn/