Definition of sterane in English:

sterane

noun

Chemistry
  • Any of a class of saturated polycyclic hydrocarbons which are found in crude oils and are derived from the sterols of ancient organisms.

    • ‘Some of the other archaeological samples look quite similar to bitumen derived from Cretaceous source rock, based on the distribution patterns of steranes and terpanes.’
    • ‘This biomarker group is, like the steranes, characterized by numerous maturity-sensitive stereoisomers.’
    • ‘But because steranes are commonly degraded by bacteria, they are of limited use.’
    • ‘The distribution of phenanthrenes, aromatic steranes, and dibenzothiophenes shows regular dependence on the maturity of organic matter.’
    • ‘Contrary to expectation, the relative abundance of steranes seems to be lower than that of the hopanoids, with the variety of hopanoid structures greatly outnumbering those of the steranes.’

Origin

1950s: from steroid + -ane.

Pronunciation

sterane

/ˈstɪəreɪn//ˈstɛreɪn/