furan

noun
fu·​ran | \ ˈfyu̇r-ˌan How to pronounce furan (audio) , fyu̇-ˈran How to pronounce furan (audio) \
variants: or less commonly furane \ ˈfyu̇r-​ˌān How to pronounce furane (audio) , fyu̇-​ˈrān \

Definition of furan

: a cyclic flammable liquid compound C4H4O that is obtained from wood oils of pines or made synthetically and is used especially in organic synthesis also : any of various derivatives of furan

Examples of furan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Heavy polluters Incinerators release many air pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, particulate matter, lead, mercury, dioxins and furans. Ana Baptista, The Conversation, "Is burning trash a good way to handle it? Waste incineration in 5 charts," 20 June 2019 Another way to convert waste to energy is through gasification, a process that melts plastics at very high temperatures in the near-absence of oxygen (which means toxins like dioxins and furans aren’t formed). Elizabeth Royte, National Geographic, "Is burning plastic waste a good idea?," 12 Mar. 2019 Heavy polluters Incinerators release many air pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, particulate matter, lead, mercury, dioxins and furans. Ana Baptista, The Conversation, "Is burning trash a good way to handle it? Waste incineration in 5 charts," 20 June 2019 Another way to convert waste to energy is through gasification, a process that melts plastics at very high temperatures in the near-absence of oxygen (which means toxins like dioxins and furans aren’t formed). Elizabeth Royte, National Geographic, "Is burning plastic waste a good idea?," 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of furan

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for furan

International Scientific Vocabulary, from furfural

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The first known use of furan was in 1894

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“Furan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furan. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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furan

noun
fu·​ran | \ ˈfyu̇(ə)r-ˌan How to pronounce furan (audio) , fyu̇-ˈran How to pronounce furan (audio) \
variants: also furane \ ˈfyu̇(ə)r-​ˌān How to pronounce furane (audio) , fyu̇-​ˈrān How to pronounce furane (audio) \

Medical Definition of furan

: a flammable liquid C4H4O obtained from oils of pines or made synthetically and used especially in organic synthesis also : a derivative of furan

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