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see aliphatic compoundaliphatic compound
, any of a large class of organic compounds whose carbon atoms are joined together in straight or branched open chains rather than in rings. The hydrocarbons of the alkane, alkene, and alkyne series are aliphatic compounds, as are fatty acids and many other
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Request TOC of this Report- Fuel oxygenates are long chain compounds which are rich in oxygen and can supply or release oxygen for combustion, or burning of fuel.
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