Definition Of paraffin

noun

a flammable, whitish, translucent, waxy solid consisting of a mixture of saturated hydrocarbons, obtained by distillation from petroleum or shale and used in candles, cosmetics, polishes, and sealing and waterproofing compounds.

Most candles contain paraffin , a petroleum-based wax that produces black soot when burned.

Example Of paraffin

  • As renewable sources of fuel, such as wood become scarce it is important for any society to make the transition to mass-produced fuels such as coal or paraffin , and then later shift to electricity or gas.

  • Because kerosene belongs to the family of hydrocarbons called alkanes or paraffins , it is sometimes referred to as paraffin oil, in addition to the nicknames coal oil, lamp oil, and illuminating oil.

  • For light microscopy, several media such as paraffin , polyethylene glycol and resin, have been used to embed plant tissues.

  • He also made regular trips to Kilbeg Creamery for paraffin for his heater.

  • Like pentane, paraffins are alkanes - hydrocarbon molecules that have as many hydrogen atoms as the molecule's carbon backbone can accommodate.


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