Definition of acetic anhydride in English:

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acetic anhydride

noun

Chemistry
The anhydride of acetic acid. It is a colorless pungent liquid, used in making synthetic fibers.
  • Chemical formula: (CH3CO)2O
Example sentences
  • Nitration with nitric acid alone, or in combination with acetic acid, acetic anhydride, or sulfuric acid, are common examples of adding nitro functional groups to aromatic hydrocarbons.
  • Second, the alkaloid is refluxed with acetic anhydride for about five hours.
  • Opium is turned into heroin through a refining process that requires the application of acetic anhydride, a chemical agent manufactured in Europe, Mexico and the US.

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Syllabification: a·ce·tic an·hy·dride

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