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acetoacetic acid

[uh-see-toh-uh-see-tik, -uh-set-ik, as-i-toh-]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, oily liquid, C4H6O3, soluble in water, alcohol, and ether: used in synthetic organic chemistry.
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Origin of acetoacetic acid

First recorded in 1895–1900; aceto- + acetic
Also called diacetic acid.
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acetoacetic acid in Medicine

acetoacetic acid

(ăs′ĭ-tō-ə-sētĭk, ə-sē′tō-)
  1. 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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