These days, hexadecane is the common word for this chemical, and no one uses 'hecdecane' any more.

Hec"de*cane (?), n. [Gr. six + ten.] Chem.

A white, semisolid, spermaceti-like hydrocarbon, C16H34, of the paraffin series, found dissolved as an important ingredient of kerosene, and so called because each molecule has sixteen atoms of carbon; -- called also hexadecane.

 

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