biacetyl

[bahy-uh-seet-l, -set-l, bahy-as-i-tl]

noun Chemistry.

a yellow, water-soluble liquid, C4H6O2, occurring in butter and in certain essential oils, as bay, and also synthesized: used chiefly to augment the flavor and odor of vinegar, coffee, and other foods.

Also diacetyl.

Origin of biacetyl

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