Definition of urethane in English:


Syllabification: u·re·thane
Pronunciation: /ˈyo͝orəˌTHān


  • 1A synthetic crystalline compound used in making pesticides and fungicides, and formerly as an anesthetic.
    • Alternative name: ethyl carbamate; chemical formula: CO(NH2)OC2H5
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    • A new survey by the government's Food Standards Agency shows that many old single malts contain much higher concentrations of a dangerous chemical called ethyl carbamate than younger, blended whiskies.
    • When the Sunday Herald revealed in May that single malt whiskies were contaminated with high levels of a cancer-causing toxin, ethyl carbamate, the agency insisted that the health risks were minimal.
    • It's a transparent kayak, made of clear urethane and carbon kevlar.
  • 1.1 short for polyurethane.
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    • Cody carved them out of urethane and polystyrene foam, coated them with primer or plaster and painted them blue, pink and white.
    • Liquid silicone in urethane bags was used extensively for breast implants until reports of leakage in 1992.
    • Grant Hawk's knives can be had with a variety of options including exotic wood, urethane, Micarta or carbon fiber handles.


mid 19th century: from French uréthane (see urea, ethane).

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