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Chemical Application

Ether is an organic functional group consisting of a disubstituted oxygen, or an oxygen atom bonded to 2 carbon atoms (if adjacent to a ketone, functional group is then called an ester). Ethers are commonly used as powerful non-polar solvents for both industrial applications and for chemical reactions. Petroleum ether (Naptha) is often used in an industrial setting due to its low cost while either diethyl ether or tetrahydrofuran is commonly used is a chemical laboratory setting. Ethers are extremely flammable and sometimes can exhibit explosive properties. Ethers can also be cleaved and/or added to larger organic molecules. Many commonly used chemicals and drug contain ether functional groups.

Medical Application

Ether was used as a general anesthetic/analgesic for surgeries. Its use replaced chloroform which was extremely toxic (specifically caused liver damage). The American surgeon Crawford Williamson Long was the first to use it as a general anesthetic in 1842.

Automotive Application

An Ether is sprayed into the air intake to start a stubborn engine. It may also be added to the fuel in race cars for extra power.

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Is ether and petroleum ether is same?

No they are not. Ether is usually diethyl ether C2H5OC2H5 but petroleum ether is a term for petroleum mixtures and are light hydrocarbons usually aliphatic.

Describe the main uses of petroleum ether ether?

Describe the main uses of diesel oil

Difference between petroleum ether and diethyl ether?

Ether generally refers to diethyl ether, when not modified by any other words. Petroleum ether is not actually an ether. Instead, it is a mix of hydrocarbons, which is also referred to as 'hexanes', not to be confused with the compound, hexane.

Boiling point of ether?

whats ether

How do you spell ether?

As you spell it in the question: ether

What is the density of diethyl ether?

Diethyl ether is more commonly known as just ether. The density of diethyl ether is 0.7134 grams per cubic centimeter.

What is the chemical formula for petroleum ether?

Petroleum ether (or pet ether as it's commonly called) does not have any particular chemical formula. All you can be relatively sure of is that there are ethers in it. There could be diethyl ether, butylpropyl ether, dipentyl ether... Pet ether is a solvent, and as such it's not necessary to know its chemical formula. It's simply a medium, not a reactant.

What is the solubility of lipids in ether?

Lipids are soluble in ether.

What is the structure for ether?

Ether: R-O-R

Who invented ether?

William Morton invented the Ether

What is G G Ether?

guaiacol glyceryl ether

Water and ether are placed on the palms of both the hands which will cause more cooling ether or water?

It is ether, because ether has a lower boiling point than water.

What is the chemical classification of butyl ether?

Chemically, butyl ether is an ether. It may also be called a butoxy compound.

What is the chemical formula for ether?

The chemical formula for ether is C4H10O

Is ether a polar molecule?

No, ether is a non polar molecule.

Benzoic acid soluble in ether?

Yes it is soluble in ether.

Why is ether insoluble in water?

Diethyl ether is miscible with water.

When was Ether Monument created?

Ether Monument was created in 1867.

Will water or ether evaporate faster?

Ether evaporate faster.

What are the disadvantages of crown ether?

what are properties of crown ether 18C6

Is methoxymethane a hydrocarbon?

No, methoxymethane is an ether (dimethyl ether) not a hydrocarbon because of this single -O- in the middle of this molecule.

What is the formula for ether?

The general formula for an ether is R-O-R′, where R′ signifies that both R groups need not be the same.dimethyl ether (CH3OCH3)Ethyl methyl ether (CH3OC2H5)

Which evaporates faster alcohol or ether?

Ether evaporates faster than alcohol as the boiling point of ether is less than that of alcohol.

Is sodium chloride soluble in ether?

Sodium chloride is not soluble in ether.

Is Ibuprofen soluble in diethyl ether?

ibuprofen is soluble in diethyl ether