Ether Definition

This is the chemical structure of dimethyl ether, also known as DME, or methoxymethane.
This is the chemical structure of dimethyl ether. It is the compound commonly called ether, but there are many different chemicals called ethers. Eschenmoser/PD

Definition: An ether is an organic compound that contains two alkyl or aryl groups by an oxygen atom.

The general formula for an ether is R-O-R'.

The compound diethyl ether is commonly known as ether.

Examples: pentabromodiphenyl ether and diisopropyl ether are both ethers.

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