diethyl ether


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

Examples of diethyl ether in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paracelsus himself synthesized diethyl ether, a sweet-smelling, highly flammable hallucinogenic anaesthetic that could induce euphoria. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 Gee envisions how a dragon might biologically synthesize diethyl ether. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2013 One candidate might be the organic solvent diethyl ether. Discover Magazine, 30 Oct. 2013 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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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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diethyl ether

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

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