why is alkane called as paraffin?

Asked by Jisha Mary Thomas | 21st Sep, 2013, 04:19: PM

Expert Answer:

Paraffins is a Latin word meaning (parum = little + affinis = reactivity). Alkanes are called paraffins because they have a little affinity towards a general reagent. In other words, alkanes are inert substances. They undergo reactions under drastic conditions.

Answered by  | 22nd Sep, 2013, 08:29: AM

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