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Medical Term:

diethyl ether


a flammable, volatile organic solvent formerly widely used in surgical procedures; was used as an inhalation anesthetic; shortcomings include irritating vapor, slow onset and prolonged recovery phases, explosion hazard.

Synonym(s): ethyl ether, ethyl oxide, sulfuric ether

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