EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Chemistry a colorless, volatile, water-soluble, flammable liquid, C 3H 6O, 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
First recorded in
-one Related forms ac·e·ton·ic , [as-i- ton-ik] /ˌæs ɪˈtɒn ɪk/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for acetone Contemporary Examples of acetone Historical Examples of acetone British Dictionary definitions for acetone 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 3 Systematic name: propanone Derived Forms acetonic ( ˌæsɪˈtɒnɪk), adjective Word Origin for acetone
C19: from German
Azeton, from aceto- + -one
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Word Origin and History for acetone n.
colorless volatile liquid, 1839, literally "a derivative of acetic acid," from Latin
acetum "vinegar" (see acetic) + Greek-based chemical suffix -one, which owes its use in chemistry to this word.
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n. 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: C. 3H 6O
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