ketene

[kee-teen]

noun Chemistry.

a colorless, poisonous gas, C2H2O, irritating to the lungs, prepared from acetone or acetic acid by pyrolysis: used chiefly in the manufacture of certain commercial chemicals, as acetic anhydride and aspirin.

Origin of ketene

First recorded in 1905–10; ket- + -ene
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British Dictionary definitions for ketene

ketene

noun

a colourless irritating toxic gas used as an acetylating agent in organic synthesis. Formula: CH 2 :COAlso called: ethonone
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