Ether is a highly inflammable liquid made by distilling and purifying a mixture of alcohol and sulphuric acid. It should contain at least 95.5% ethyl oxide (C2H5)20. Being highly inflammable it should be kept remote from any flame. Daylight causes a slow oxidation.

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The chief use for Ether is to produce anaesthesia. Spiritus AEtheris is an official preparation.