diethyl zinc

noun

di·​eth·​yl zinc (ˌ)dī-ˈe-thəl- How to pronounce diethyl zinc (audio)
: a volatile pyrophoric liquid compound C4H10Zn used especially to catalyze polymerization and to deacidify paper

Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of diethyl zinc was in 1952

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“Diethyl zinc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diethyl%20zinc. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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