Diethyl ether - Definition

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Diethyl ether, more commonly called ether, is a colorless, inflammable, and toxic liquid. It was long used in medicine for its anesthetic properties, but has since been unfavored due to its harmful side effects (nausea, risk of dependence). Ether may also be used as a psychotropic substance through inhalation of its vapors. Its effects on an organism, especially the brain, are quite destructive; it can lead to irreversible psychiatric disorders.