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acetone

[ as-i-tohn ]
/ ˈæs ɪˌtoʊn /
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noun Chemistry.
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.

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Also called dimethylketone.

Origin of acetone

First recorded in 1830–40; acet- + -one

OTHER WORDS FROM acetone

ac·e·ton·ic [as-i-ton-ik], /ˌæs ɪˈtɒn ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for acetone

acetone
/ (ˈæsɪˌtəʊn) /

noun
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

Derived forms of acetone

acetonic (ˌæsɪˈtɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for acetone

C19: from German Azeton, from aceto- + -one
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Scientific definitions for acetone

acetone
[ ăsĭ-tōn′ ]

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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