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[te-truh-hahy-druh-fyoo r-an] /ˌtɛ trəˌhaɪ drəˈfyʊər æn/
noun, Chemistry.
a clear liquid, C 4 H 8 O, soluble in water and organic solvents, used as a solvent for resins, in polymerizations and as a chemical intermediate.
Origin of tetrahydrofuran
1940-45; tetra- + hydro-2 + furan Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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tetrahydrofuran in Science
A clear, highly flammable liquid used as a solvent for natural and synthetic resins and in the production of nylon. Tetrahydrofuran is a furan ring without double bonds between any of the carbon atoms. It is the building block of the sugars ribose, deoxyribose, and fructose.Chemical formula: C4H8O.
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