Definition of pristane in English:

pristane

noun

Chemistry
  • A saturated hydrocarbon which is a colourless oil and occurs in the liver oils of certain sharks and related species; 2,6,10,14-tetramethyl pentadecane, C ₁₉ H ₄₀.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From German Pristan from classical Latin pristis large fish or sea mammal, sometimes identified with the sawfish (from ancient Greek πρίστις, probably sawfish from πρισ-, stem of πρίειν to saw + -τις, suffix forming feminine nouns; generally considered to be a feminine form corresponding to Hellenistic Greek πρίστης person who saws) + German -an.

Pronunciation

pristane

/ˈprɪsteɪn/