acetoacetic acid

[ uh-see-toh-uh-see-tik, -uh-set-ik, as-i-toh- ]
/ əˌsi toʊ əˈsi tɪk, -əˈsɛt ɪk, ˌæs ɪ toʊ- /

noun Chemistry.

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

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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