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ketone

[ kee-tohn ]
/ ˈki toʊn /
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noun Chemistry.
any of a class of organic compounds containing a carbonyl group, CO, attached to two alkyl groups, as CH3COCH3 or CH3COC2H5.
adjective
containing the ketone group.
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Origin of ketone

1850–55; <German Keton, aphetic alteration of Acetonacetone

OTHER WORDS FROM ketone

ke·ton·ic [ki-ton-ik], /kɪˈtɒn ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ketone

ketone
/ (ˈkiːtəʊn) /

noun
any of a class of compounds with the general formula R′COR, where R and R′ are alkyl or aryl groupsSee also acetone

Derived forms of ketone

ketonic (kɪˈtɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for ketone

C19: from German Keton, from Aketon acetone
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Scientific definitions for ketone

ketone
[ kētōn′ ]

Any of a class of organic compounds having the general formula RCOR, where R and R are hydrocarbon radicals that are both attached to the carbon atom of the carbonyl (CO) group. Acetone is a ketone.
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