acrolein

[uh-kroh-lee-in]
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noun Chemistry.

a yellow, flammable liquid, C3H4O, having a stifling odor, usually obtained by the decomposition of glycerol: used chiefly in the synthesis of commercial and pharmaceutical products.

Nearby words

  1. acrogynous,
  2. acrokeratoelastoidosis,
  3. acrokeratosis,
  4. acrokeratosis verruciformis,
  5. acrolect,
  6. acrolith,
  7. acrologic,
  8. acrology,
  9. acromegaly,
  10. acromelalgia

Origin of acrolein

1855–60; < Latin ācr- (stem of ācer) sharp + olē(re) to smell + -in2

Also called acraldehyde, acrylaldehyde, acrylic aldehyde.

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British Dictionary definitions for acrolein

acrolein

noun

a colourless or yellowish flammable poisonous pungent liquid used in the manufacture of resins and pharmaceuticals. Formula: CH 2 :CHCHO

Word Origin for acrolein

C19: from Latin ācer sharp + olēre to smell + -in

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