dichloroethyl ether

di·​chlo·​ro·​ethyl ether | \ (¦)dī¦klōrō+...- \
variants: or less commonly dichlorethyl ether \ ¦dīklōr+...-​ \

Definition of dichloroethyl ether

: 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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History and Etymology for dichloroethyl ether

dichlor- + ethyl

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“Dichloroethyl ether.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dichloroethyl%20ether. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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