One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A compound having a molecular structure based on a chain of alternate silicon and oxygen atoms, especially (as in silicone) with organic groups attached to the silicon atoms.
- ‘Penetrants such as silanes, siloxanes and blends actually penetrate the brick surface.’
- ‘The surfactants include fluroethers, oligomers of propylene-oxide, siloxanes, etc.’
- ‘I think that it's much more likely that we'll find life that uses different carbon-based compounds than it is that we find life based on siloxanes or some other framework.’
- ‘Silanes and siloxanes are actually just two variations on the same chemical theme.’
- ‘The materials used to make siloxanes are the same as those used for silanes, but siloxanes form molecular chains with several silicon atoms.’
Early 20th century: blend of silicon and oxygen + -ane.
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