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noun Chemistry.
  1. a basic salt of acetic acid.
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Origin of subacetate

First recorded in 1810–20; sub- + acetate
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Examples from the Web for subacetate

Historical Examples of subacetate

  • Among external refrigerants are cold water, evaporating lotions, weak solutions of subacetate of lead, &c.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • After adding the solution of subacetate of lead the flask must be gently shaken, so as to mix it with the sugar solution.

  • In such case, before making up to the mark, a saturated solution of subacetate of lead is added.

  • Subacetate of Copper (verdegris) occurs in masses, or as a greenish powder.

  • Subacetate of Copper, Subchloride, and Carbonate, all act very similarly to the sulphate when given in large doses.

British Dictionary definitions for subacetate


  1. any one of certain crystalline basic acetates containing hydroxide ions in addition to acetate ions. For example, the subacetate of aluminium is probably Al 3 (OH) 2 (CH 3 COO)
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