lead acetate

[ led ]
/ lɛd /

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.

Nearby words

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  2. lead,
  3. lead a chase,
  4. lead a dog's life,
  5. lead a double life,
  6. lead arsenate,
  7. lead azide,
  8. lead block,
  9. lead by the nose,
  10. lead carbonate

Origin of lead acetate

First recorded in 1895–1900

Also called sugar of lead.

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British Dictionary definitions for lead acetate

lead acetate

/ (lɛd) /


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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Science 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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