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anhydride British & World English

The compound obtained by removing the elements of water from a particular acid

acetic anhydride British & World English

The anhydride of acetic acid, a colourless pungent liquid used in making synthetic fibres

phthalic anhydride British & World English

A crystalline compound made by oxidizing naphthalene, used as an intermediate in the manufacture of plastics, resins, and dyes