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petroleum ether

  1. a flammable, low-boiling hydrocarbon mixture produced by the fractional distillation of petroleum, used as a solvent.
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Origin of petroleum ether

First recorded in 1865–70
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Historical Examples

  • The acid crystallized from the alcohol is then recrystallized several times from petroleum-ether.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 447, July 26, 1884


British Dictionary definitions for petroleum ether

petroleum ether

  1. a volatile mixture of the higher alkane hydrocarbons, obtained as a fraction of petroleum and used as a solvent
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