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petroleum ether Line breaks: pet¦rol|eum ether

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Definition of petroleum ether in English:


[mass noun]
A volatile liquid distilled from petroleum, consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons.
Example sentences
  • Axiferous extracts were thoroughly mixed three times with two volumes of petroleum ether to remove lipids prior to HPLC analysis.
  • After filtration and methanol evaporation under reduced atmospheric pressure, the sample was adjusted to pH 8.0 and partitioned once with equal volume of petroleum ether.
  • Cellulose thimbles were filled with ~ 10 g of dried liver homogenate and subsequently washed with petroleum ether in a modified Soxhlet apparatus to extract lipids.
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