Definition of acetone in English:

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acetone

Pronunciation: /ˈasɪtəʊn/

noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
A colourless volatile liquid ketone made by oxidizing isopropanol, used as an organic solvent and synthetic reagent.
Example sentences
  • Solvents permitted in the UK for extraction include acetone, hexane, ethyl acetate, ethyl alcohol, and carbon dioxide.
  • Ketones are extensively used as solvents, with acetone being the most well known example.
  • These may contain solvents such as toluene, isopropryl alcohol, ethyl and butyl acetates, acetone and other ketones.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from acetic acid + -one.

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