methyl ethyl ketone

noun Chemistry.

a colorless, flammable liquid, C4H8O, produced by synthesis or fermentation: used chiefly as a solvent, as a paint remover, and in the manufacture of plastics. Abbreviation: MEK

Nearby words

  1. methyl bromide,
  2. methyl cellulose,
  3. methyl chloride,
  4. methyl chloroform,
  5. methyl chloroformate,
  6. methyl formate,
  7. methyl green,
  8. methyl group,
  9. methyl isobutyl ketone,
  10. methyl isocyanate

Origin of methyl ethyl ketone

First recorded in 1875–80

Also called butanone. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for methyl ethyl ketone

methyl ethyl ketone


another name for butanone
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Science definitions for methyl ethyl ketone

methyl ethyl ketone

See butanone.
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