Definition of pristane in English:

pristane

noun

Chemistry
  • A saturated hydrocarbon which is a colourless oil and occurs in the liver oils of certain sharks and related species; 2,6,10,14-tetramethyl pentadecane, C₁₉H₄₀.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From German Pristan from classical Latin pristis large fish or sea mammal, sometimes identified with the sawfish + German -an.

Pronunciation

pristane

/ˈprɪsteɪn/