saturated compound

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saturated compound In organic chemistry, compounds in which carbon atoms bond to one another by single covalent bonds only, never by more reactive double or triple chemical bonds. For this reason, they tend to be unreactive. A simple example is ethane (C2H6), in which each carbon atom is bonded to three hydrogen atoms and to the other carbon atom by single bonds. See also unsaturated compound