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88. Acetate of Ethyl.
Preparation. - By distilling rectified spirit with acetate of sodium and sulphuric acid, NaC2H302 + H2S04 + C2H60 = C2H5C2H302 + NaHS04 + H20. The acetic ether and water distil over together, and they are separated by means of calcium chloride.
Dose. - 20 to 60 min.
Uses. - It has an action much like ether, but is inconvenient as an anaesthetic. It has a pleasanter taste than ether, and is used as a stimulant, carminative, and antispasmodic. It may be given along with the acetates of iron and potassium in albuminuria.
b.p. Liquor Epispasticus.