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petroleum ether

noun
1.
a flammable, low-boiling hydrocarbon mixture produced by the fractional distillation of petroleum, used as a solvent.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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  • Homogenized fish samples are extracted using petroleum ether and concentrated in acetonitrile.
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petroleum ether

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