[ kee-tohn ]
/ ˈki toʊn /

noun Chemistry.

any of a class of organic compounds containing a carbonyl group, CO, attached to two alkyl groups, as CH3COCH3 or CH3COC2H5.


containing the ketone group.

Origin of ketone

1850–55; < German Keton, aphetic alteration of Aceton acetone


ke·ton·ic [ki-ton-ik] /kɪˈtɒn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ketone

/ (ˈkiːtəʊn) /


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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Medicine definitions for ketone

[ kētōn′ ]


Any of a class of organic compounds having a carbonyl group linked to a carbon atom in each of two hydrocarbon radicals.
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Science definitions for 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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