Definitions for urethaneˈyʊər əˌθeɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

u•re•thaneˈyʊər əˌθeɪn(n.)

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

    Category: Chemistry

  2. a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C3H7NO2, used chiefly as a solvent, in organic synthesis, and as a fungicide and pesticide.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of urethane:

< F uréthane (1833); see urea , ethane

Princeton's WordNet

  1. urethane(noun)

    an ester of carbamic acid


  1. urethane(Noun)

    A white crystalline organic compound, ethyl-carbamate, NHCOOCH, used in the synthesis of other organic compounds.

  2. urethane(Noun)

    Any compound of having this general structure.

  3. urethane(Noun)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Urethane(noun)

    a white crystalline substance, NH2.CO.OC2H5, produced by the action of ammonia on ethyl carbonate. It is used somewhat in medicine as a hypnotic. By extension, any one of the series of related substances of which urethane proper is the type


  1. Urethane

    A colorless and odorless, crystalline compound that emits toxic fumes of nitrogen oxides when heated to decomposition. Urethan is mainly used in the production of amino resins, but is also used in the manufacture of pesticides, fumigants, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Exposure to urethan can affect the central nervous system, liver and can cause bone marrow suppression. Urethan is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. (NCI05)

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Urethane

    Antineoplastic agent that is also used as a veterinary anesthetic. It has also been used as an intermediate in organic synthesis. Urethane is suspected to be a carcinogen.


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