• An ether is an organic compound in which two hydrocarbon groups are bonded to the same atom of oxygen.
  • An ether is represented by the general formula R−O−R’.
  • The parent compound is given by the word ether, which appears at the end of the name.
  • Ethers are very flammable and have undesirable side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
  • Safer alternatives to ethers are now used in anesthesia and the primary use of ethers today is as a solvent for other organic compounds.
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