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mesityl oxide

[ mez-i-til, mes- ]
/ ˈmɛz ɪ tɪl, ˈmɛs- /
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noun Chemistry.

an oily, colorless liquid, C6H10O, having a honeylike odor: used chiefly as a solvent and in the manufacture of synthetic organic compounds.

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Origin of mesityl oxide

1870–75; mesityl<New Latin mesīt(a) (<Greek mesī́tēs mediator, go-between, equivalent to mes-mes- + -ītēs-ite1) + -yl
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