diethyl ether

noun

di·​eth·​yl ether (ˌ)dī-ˈe-thəl- How to pronounce diethyl ether (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The distillate was continuously extracted with diethyl ether. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 14 May 2012 While scientists still aren’t clear on how general anesthetics like diethyl ether work, there are a couple of leading hypotheses. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 12 Dec. 2017 Without an anesthetic, the scientists could measure pulses, but the pulses were lost following diethyl ether exposure. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 12 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of diethyl ether was circa 1930

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“Diethyl ether.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diethyl%20ether. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

diethyl ether

noun
di·​eth·​yl ether (ˌ)dī-ˌeth-əl- How to pronounce diethyl ether (audio)

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