acetoacetic acid

[uh-see-toh-uh-see-tik, -uh-set-ik, as-i-toh-]

noun Chemistry.

a colorless, oily liquid, C4H6O3, soluble in water, alcohol, and ether: used in synthetic organic chemistry.

Nearby words

  1. acetify,
  2. acetimeter,
  3. acetin,
  4. aceto-,
  5. acetoacetate,
  6. acetoacetyl-coa,
  7. acetobacter,
  8. acetohydroxamic acid,
  9. acetoin,
  10. acetomenaphthane

Origin of acetoacetic acid

First recorded in 1895–1900; aceto- + acetic

Also called diacetic acid. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for acetoacetic acid

acetoacetic acid

[ăs′ĭ-tō-ə-sētĭk, ə-sē′tō-]


A ketone body that is formed in excessive amounts and excreted in the urine of individuals suffering from starvation or diabetes.diacetic acid

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