- a colorless, volatile, water-soluble, flammable liquid, C3H6O, usually derived by oxidation of isopropyl alcohol or by bacterial fermentation of carbohydrates: used chiefly in paints and varnishes, as a general solvent, and in organic synthesis.
Origin of acetone
Also called dimethylketone.
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Examples from the Web for acetone
Van Ronk described how when visiting Asch he would put on his “Folkways suit,” a filthy jacket that smelled of acetone.
This begins to be well marked when the proportion of acetone exceeds 80 p.ct.
On distilling off the acetone, a precipitation is determined.
This resin was soft, viscous and soluble in alcohol or acetone.Creative Chemistry
Edwin E. Slosson
An example of a ternary system yielding such a boundary surface is that consisting of phenol, water, and acetone.The Phase Rule and Its Applications
It is prepared by treating a mixture of citral and acetone with barium hydrate, and distilling in vacuo.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture
W. H. Simmons
- a colourless volatile flammable pungent liquid, miscible with water, used in the manufacture of chemicals and as a solvent and thinner for paints, varnishes, and lacquers. Formula: CH 3 COCH 3Systematic name: propanone
C19: from German Azeton, from aceto- + -one
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Word Origin and History for acetone
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A colorless, volatile, extremely flammable liquid ketone widely used as an organic solvent.
- An organic compound produced in excessive amounts in diabetic acidosis.
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- A colorless, volatile, extremely flammable liquid ketone that is widely used as a solvent, for example in nail-polish remover. Chemical formula: C3H6O.
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