a white, crystalline, odorless, organic powder, C8H9NO, produced by the action of glacial acetic acid on aniline, used chiefly in organic synthesis and formerly in the treatment of fever and headache.
- Also called acetylaniline.
- Also ac·et·an·i·lid [as-i-tan-l-id]. /ˌæs ɪˈtæn l ɪd/.
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British Dictionary definitions for acetanilide
a white crystalline powder used in the manufacture of dyes and rubber, as an analgesic in medicine, and as a precursor in penicillin manufacture. Formula: C 6 H 5 NHCOCH 3
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