noun Chemistry.
any derivative of carbamic acid having the formula CH 2 NO 2 R.
Also called ethyl carbamate, ethyl urethane. a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C 3 H 7 NO 2 : used chiefly as a solvent, in organic synthesis, as a fungicide and pesticide, and formerly in cancer treatment.
Also, urethan [yoor-uh-than] .

< French uréthane (1833); see urea, ethane

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urethane or urethan (ˈjʊərɪˌθeɪn, ˈjʊərɪˌθæn)
1.  short for polyurethane
2.  another name for ethyl carbamate
[C19: from uro-1 + ethyl + -ane]
urethan or urethan
[C19: from uro-1 + ethyl + -ane]

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urethane (yr'ĭ-thān') also urethan   (yr'ĭ-thān')
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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One was a drought that emptied the region's swimming pools, and the other was the arrival of urethane wheels.
His latex enamel pictures seem to melt within their urethane foam frames, as if someone had trained a blowtorch on them.
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