One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A volatile organic liquid used as a general anesthetic.
- ‘It is important to notice that enflurane is volatile.’
- ‘In patients with DNA repair deficiencies anesthesia with enflurane may induce irreversible DNA damage.’
- ‘On another hand, the quantities of enflurane estimated for the maximal effects shows that more enflurane can penetrate in the gel than in the fluid state.’
- ‘Enflurane may be used for induction and maintenance of general anesthesia.’
- ‘Indeed, enflurane is a volatile anesthetic, and it equilibrates not only between water and lipids but also between water and air.’
1970s: from en- (of unknown origin) + fluoro- + -ane.
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