ethyl acetate

noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid, C4H8O2, having a fragrant, fruitlike odor: used chiefly as a scent in the manufacture of perfumes, flavorings, and confections, and as a solvent for paints, varnishes, and lacquers.

Origin of ethyl acetate

First recorded in 1870–75
Also called acetic ether.

acetic ether

noun Chemistry.
  1. ethyl acetate.
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British Dictionary definitions for acetic ether

ethyl acetate

noun
  1. a colourless volatile flammable fragrant liquid ester, made from acetic acid and ethanol: used in perfumes and flavourings and as a solvent for plastics, etc. Formula: CH 3 COOC 2 H 5
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acetic ether in Science

ethyl acetate

  1. A colorless, volatile, flammable liquid used as a solvent and in perfumes, lacquers, pharmaceuticals, and rayon. Chemical formula: C4H8O2.
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