dichloroethyl ether

noun di·chlo·ro·ethyl ether \(¦)dī¦klōrō+...-\
variants: less commonly

dichlorethyl ether

\¦dīklōr+...-\

Definition of dichloroethyl ether

  1. :  a liquid ether (ClCH2CH2)2O that has an odor like chloroform, is made usually by dehydration of ethylene chlorohydrin, and is used chiefly as a solvent and as a fumigant for insects; bis-(2-chloroethyl) ether —called also beta, beta′-dichlorodiethyl ether

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Origin and Etymology of dichloroethyl ether

dichlor- + ethyl


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