Definition of acetone in English:


Syllabification: ac·e·tone
Pronunciation: /ˈasiˌtōn


  • A colorless volatile liquid ketone made by oxidizing isopropanol, used as an organic solvent and synthetic reagent.
    • Chemical formula: CH3COCH3
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    • 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.


mid 19th century: from acetic + -one.

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