urethane [yoo r-uh-theyn] ExamplesWord Origin noun Chemistry.

  1. any derivative of carbamic acid having the formula CH2NO2R.
  2. 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.

Also u·re·than [yoo r-uh-than] /ˈyʊər əˌθæn/. Origin of urethane French uréthane (1833); see urea, ethane Examples from the Web for urethane Historical Examples of urethane

  • Twenty coats of urethane took forty days—a day to coat and a day to dry.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for urethane urethane urethan (ˈjʊərɪˌθæn) noun

    1. short for polyurethane
    2. another name for ethyl carbamate

    Word Origin for urethane C19: from uro- 1 + ethyl + -ane Word Origin and History for urethane

    1838, from French uréthane (Dumas, 1833), from urea + ethane.

    urethane in Science urethane [yur′ĭ-thān′]

    1. 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.

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