diethyl ether

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di·eth·yl ether

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diethyl ether

1. (Elements & Compounds) a formal name for ether1
2. (Medicine) a formal name for ether1


(ˈi θər)

a. Also called ethyl ether. a colorless, highly volatile, flammable liquid, C4H10O, having an aromatic odor and sweet burning taste, used as a solvent and formerly as an inhalant anesthetic.
b. (formerly) one of a class of compounds in which two organic groups are attached directly to an oxygen atom, having the general formula ROR.
2. upper regions of space; the clear sky; the heavens.
3. the medium supposed by the ancients to fill the upper regions of space.
4. a substance formerly supposed to occupy all space, accounting for the propagation of electromagnetic radiation through space.
[1350–1400; < Latin aethēr the upper air, ether < Greek aithḗr, akin to aíthein to glow, burn]
e•ther•ic (ɪˈθɛr ɪk, ɪˈθɪər-) adj.
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Noun1.diethyl ether - a colorless volatile highly inflammable liquid formerly used as an inhalation anesthetic
enflurane, Ethrane - a nonflammable liquid (trade name Ethrane) used as an inhalation general anesthetic
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For further optimization of the reaction condition, we repeated the reaction of the formation of 4j in different solvents such as EtOH, MeOH, MeCN, Et2O, THF, CH2Cl2, CHCl3.
The literature review shows that direct transformation of epoxides to 1,2-diacetates has been obtained in the presence of various catalysts/reagents such as HCl/ZnCl2 [3], BF3 Et2O [4], DBU/LiCl [5], n-Bu4NCl [6], n- Bu4NOAc [7], Bu3P [8], LiClO4 [9], Er(OTf)3 [10], HY zeolite [11], (NH4)3PMo12O40 [12], (TBA)4P- FeW11O39 3H2O [13], ZrO(OTf)2 [14], NaBH4 [15], phosphomolybdic acid or its supported on silica gel [16] and molecular sieves 4A [17].