- a combining form with the meanings “vinegar,” “acetic acid,” used in the formation of compound words (acetometer), especially in the names of chemical compounds in which acetic acid or the acetyl group is present (acetophenetidin).
Also especially before a vowel, acet-.
Origin of aceto-
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before a vowel acet-
- containing an acetyl group or derived from acetic acidacetone
from Latin acētum vinegar
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Word Origin and History for aceto-
before vowels acet-, word-forming element from comb. form of acetic and generally indicating compounds from or related to acetic acid.
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- Acetic acid:acetaldehyde.
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