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, urethane (yū'rĕ-than, -thān),
Agent with antimitotic activity; formerly used medically as a hypnotic, but now more often used as an anesthetic for laboratory animals.
Synonym(s): ethyl carbamate
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Ethyl carbamate forms from reactions with barley when whisky is being distilled and has been proven to cause cancer in animals.
But Dr Richard Dixon, head of research at Friends of the Earth Scotland, described it as "alarming" that the popular drink would always contain small quantities of ethyl carbamate.
In scientific tests ethyl carbamate, which is formed during the distilling process, has been shown to cause cancer in animals.