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[uh-see-tik, uh-set-ik]
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  1. pertaining to, derived from, or producing vinegar or acetic acid.
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Origin of acetic

First recorded in 1800–10; acet- + -ic
Related formssem·i·a·ce·tic, adjectiveun·a·ce·tic, adjective
Can be confusedacetic aesthetic ascetic
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Related Words for acetic

acid, biting, sour

Examples from the Web for acetic

Historical Examples of acetic

  • This blue is distinguished from smalt by dissolving in acetic acid.

    Field's Chromatography

    George Field

  • What is the legal requirement in this state for acetic acid in vinegar?

  • When used, moisten the gums with a little of the acetic acid diluted.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

  • Dissolve the gallic acid, sesgurichloride, and add the acetic acid.

  • Rub with acetic acid (see) behind the ears, but not so as to cause soreness.

British Dictionary definitions for acetic


  1. of, containing, producing, or derived from acetic acid or vinegar
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Word Origin for acetic

C19: from Latin acētum vinegar
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Word Origin and History for acetic


1808, from French acétique "pertaining to vinegar," from Latin acetum "vinegar" (properly vinum acetum "wine turned sour;" see vinegar), originally past participle of acere "be sour," related to acer "sharp" (see acrid).

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acetic in Science


  1. Relating to or containing acetic acid or vinegar.
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