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lead acetate

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noun Chemistry.

a white, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous solid, Pb(C2H3O2)2⋅3H2O, used chiefly as a mordant in dyeing and printing textiles and as a drier in paints and varnishes.

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Also called sugar of lead.

Origin of lead acetate

First recorded in 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for lead acetate

lead acetate
/ (lɛd) /

noun

a white crystalline toxic solid used in dyeing cotton and in making varnishes and enamels. Formula: Pb(CH 3 CO) 2Systematic name: lead(II) acetate Also called: sugar of lead
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Scientific definitions for lead acetate

lead acetate

A poisonous, white crystalline compound used in hair dyes, waterproofing compounds, and varnishes. Chemical formula: C4H6O4Pb.
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