urethane

noun
ure·​thane | \ ˈyu̇r-ə-ˌthān How to pronounce urethane (audio) \
variants: or less commonly urethan \ ˈyu̇r-​ə-​ˌthan How to pronounce urethan (audio) \

Definition of urethane

1a : a crystalline compound C3H7NO2 that is the ethyl ester of carbamic acid and is used especially as a solvent and medicinally as an antineoplastic agent
b : an ester of carbamic acid other than the ethyl ester

Examples of urethane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mack’s earplugs are minimalistic orange nuggets of squishy, dense urethane foam that expand to fill any gap sound waves could sneak through. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "Excellent earplugs for everyday situations," 3 Jan. 2020 The boots, covered with urethane foam and painted to look like ostrich skin, were molded onto a steel frame that could be disassembled and reassembled. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "The artist who made cowboy boots an icon of San Antonio dies," 26 Dec. 2019 On the south wall are striking, large-format portraits painted in Evans’ signature, bold-lined style — this time on boards carved from high-density urethane foam and layered to give a 3-D, shadowbox feel. John Wenzel, The Know, "What will Denver look like 100 years into the future? A world-renowned artist tries to find out.," 7 Nov. 2019 In light traffic areas (a guest bedroom for example), a urethane foam ($8 per square yard) is generally used. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "How Much Does It Cost To Install Carpet?," 23 Sep. 2019 In addition to firm, supportive high-density urethane foam, the front seats are wider, and designed to keep front passengers’ spines in a natural S-shape. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Mazda6 sedan gets a major update for 2018, with more elegance, tech," 29 June 2018 Several huge rooms contain monumental paintings and collages; other areas house metal, resin, and urethane sculptures. Christina Binkley, The New Yorker, "Sterling Ruby’s Mixed Media," 2 Sep. 2019 But by the 1960s, rubber gave way to urethane skins and synthetic resin cores, according to multiple accounts of the golf ball's evolution. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "These scientists may have solved MLB's 'juiced' baseball problem," 2 Aug. 2019 The construction of the watch uses urethane to protect the timepiece and suspends timekeeping modules inside the structure to prevent the watch from suffering direct shock. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Casio's G-Shock Gets Bluetooth and a New Look," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of urethane

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for urethane

French uréthane, from ur- ur- entry 1 + éth- eth- + -ane

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The first known use of urethane was in 1838

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17 Jan 2020

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“Urethane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urethane. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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urethane

noun
ure·​thane | \ ˈyu̇r-ə-ˌthān How to pronounce urethane (audio) \
variants: or urethan \ -​ˌthan How to pronounce urethan (audio) \

Medical Definition of urethane

1 : a crystalline compound C3H7NO2 that is the ethyl ester of carbamic acid and is used especially as a solvent and in anesthetizing laboratory animals

called also ethyl carbamate

2 : an ester of carbamic acid other than the ethyl ester

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