diethyl pyrocarbonate


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diethyl pyrocarbonate

[‚dī′eth·əl ‚pī·rō′kär·bə‚nāt]
(organic chemistry)
C6H10O5 A viscous liquid, soluble in alcohols, esters, and ketones; used as a gentle esterifying agent, as a preservative for fruit juices, soft drinks, and wines, and as an inhibitor for ribonuclease. Abbreviated DEPC.
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