variants: or less commonly aetherin \ ˈēthərə̇n \
plural -s

Definition of etherin

1 archaic : ethylene believed to be a basic radical and a constituent of alcohol, ether, and various other compounds
2 archaic : a white crystalline hydrocarbon found in heavy oil of wine

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First Known Use of etherin

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for etherin

International Scientific Vocabulary ether, aether + -in

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“Etherin.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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