ethylene oxide

noun Chemistry.
a colorless, odorless, gaseous, toxic, ring compound, C 2 H 4 O, usually obtained by the oxidation of ethylene: used chiefly in the synthesis of ethylene glycol.

1895–1900 Unabridged
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