Definition of acetone in English:

acetone

Line breaks: acet|one
Pronunciation: /ˈasɪtəʊn
 
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noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
A colourless volatile liquid ketone made by oxidizing isopropanol, used as an organic solvent and synthetic reagent.
  • Alternative name: propanone; chemical formula: CH3COCH3
More 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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