- Any organic compound in which two carbon atoms are independently linked to a common oxygen atom, thus containing the group –C–O–C–.
- Loosely used to refer to diethyl ether or an anesthetic ether, although a large number of ethers have anesthetic properties. For individual ethers, see the specific name.
[G. aithēr, the pure upper air]
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Examples: glitazone, GI cocktail, etc.