[ yoor-uh-theyn ]

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

  2. Also called ethyl carbamate, ethyl urethane. a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C3H7NO2: used chiefly as a solvent, in organic synthesis, as a fungicide and pesticide, and formerly in cancer treatment.

Origin of urethane

<French uréthane (1833); see urea, ethane
  • Also u·re·than [yoor-uh-than]. /ˈyʊər əˌθæn/.

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British Dictionary definitions for urethane


urethan (ˈjʊərɪˌθæn)

/ (ˈjʊərɪˌθeɪn) /

  1. short for polyurethane

  2. another name for ethyl carbamate

Origin of urethane

C19: from uro- 1 + ethyl + -ane

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Scientific definitions for urethane


[ yurĭ-thān′ ]

  1. A colorless or white crystalline compound used in organic synthesis. Formerly it was also used to relieve symptoms associated with leukemia. Also called ethyl carbamate. Chemical formula: C3H7NO2.

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