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tetrahydroxyethylethylenediamine (uncountable)

  1. (chemistry) A synthetic derivative of ethylenediamine containing four hydroxyl groups and a C2H5 radical used in the preparation of detergents, emulsifiers, resins, plasticizers, toxicants, chelating agents, germicides, de-emulsifiers, and pharmaceuticals.
    Synonym: THEED
    • 1961, Journal of the American Chemical Society, page 4955:
      The tubes were packed with tetrahydroxyethylethylenediamine-on-Chromosorb (THEED) and the effluent gas was led through a 1/8 in. stainless steel line []
    • 1978, Robert C. Eliot, Boiler fuel additives for pollution reduction and energy saving:
      Thus, the ethyleneamine may include such compounds as ethylenediamine, N-hydroxyethylethylenediamine, triethylenetetramine, tetraethylenepentamine, tetrahydroxyethylethylenediamine and N-dodecyl-diethylenetriamine.