tet·​ra·​hy·​dro·​fu·​ran | \ ˌte-trə-ˈfyu̇r-ˌan How to pronounce tetrahydrofuran (audio) , -fyu̇-ˈran \

Definition of tetrahydrofuran

: a flammable liquid heterocyclic ether C4H8O that is derived from furan and used as a solvent and as an intermediate in organic synthesis

Examples of tetrahydrofuran in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In February, an Orange County man, whose name wasn’t released, died after taking tetrahydrofuran fentanyl, a synthetic substance similar to fentanyl, federal prosecutors said. Christal Hayes, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Man indicted after selling fentanyl on 'dark net' that caused fatal overdose, feds say," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of tetrahydrofuran

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tetrahydrofuran

tetrahydro- + furan

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“Tetrahydrofuran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetrahydrofuran. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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