urethane [yoo r-uh-theyn] ExamplesWord Origin noun Chemistry.
- any derivative of carbamic acid having the formula CH2NO2R.
- Also called ethyl carbamate, ethyl urethane. a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C3H7NO2: used chiefly as a solvent, in organic synthesis, as a fungicide and pesticide, and formerly in cancer treatment.
Twenty coats of urethane took forty days—a day to coat and a day to dry.
British Dictionary definitions for urethane urethane urethan (ˈjʊərɪˌθæn) noun
Word Origin for urethane C19: from uro- 1 + ethyl + -ane Word Origin and History for urethane
urethane in Science urethane [yur′ĭ-thān′]
- A colorless or white crystalline compound used in organic synthesis. Formerly it was also used to relieve symptoms associated with leukemia. Also called ethyl carbamate. Chemical formula: C3H7NO2.