Question
Sat September 21, 2013 By: Jisha Mary Thomas
 

why is alkane called as paraffin?

Expert Reply
Sun September 22, 2013
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.
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