Saturated silicon hydrides, analogues of the alkanes; i.e. compounds of the general formula SinH2n+2
. Silanes may be subdivided into silane, oligosilanes and polysilanes. Note hydrocarbyl derivatives and other derivatives are often referred to loosely as silanes.
PAC, 1995, 67, 1307. 'Glossary of class names of organic compounds and reactivity intermediates based on structure (IUPAC Recommendations 1995)' on page 1365 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199567081307)