Diethyl Ether

CAS RN:60-29-7

Major Uses

Good solvent for fats, oils, dyes, gums, resins, raw rubber, smokeless powder, perfumes, and nitrocellulose. Also used in the manufacture of photographic films and pharmaceuticals, and as a reaction and extraction medium in the chemical industry. /Formerly (in U.S.A.)/ used as an inhalation anesthetic in surgery, a refrigerant, in diesel fuels, in dry cleaning, and as a starting fuel for engines.
... Used as a solvent for waxes, fats, oils, perfumes, alkaloids, dyes, gums, resins, nitrocellulose, hydrocarbons, raw rubber, and smokeless powder. ... used as an inhalation anesthetic, a refrigerant, in diesel fuels, in dry cleaning, as an extractant, and as a chemical reagent for various organic reactions.
For azeotropic distillation /entrainer/ to obtain better separation.
"Unrefined" grade is used as component of cold weather starting fluids for diesel and gasoline engines, usually blended with other volatile, flammable materials such as propane and butane.
Ethyl ether is most common solvent used for ... Grignard reagents.
Diesel fuel ignition primer; extraction solvent; ethylation reagent; solvent (Grignard/Wurtz reactions)
Organic synthesis; smokeless powder; industrial solvent (nitrocellulose, alkaloids, fats, waxes, etc.); analytical chemistry; anesthetic; extractant
THERAP CAT: Anesthetic /Former, US/ /SRP: Ethyl ether is still used for anesthesia of experimental animals (rats), especially in cases where the organ or tissue of interest contains a well-defined brush border (such as kidney, gut and visceral yolk sac). It use is discouraged due to explosion hazard but the usual recommended fluorinated alternatives have specific deleterious effects on brush border cells, making diethyl ether the preferred choice for anesthesia./
THERAP CAT (VET): Anesthetic
Medication (vet)
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