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ketone British & World English

An organic compound containing a carbonyl group CO bonded to two hydrocarbon groups, made by oxidizing secondary alcohols. The simplest such compound is acetone

ketone bodies British & World English

Three related compounds (one of which is acetone) produced during the metabolism of fats

Michler's ketone British & World English

The ketone corresponding to Michler's hydrol, made by treating phosgene or carbon tetrachloride with dimethylaniline; 4,4′-bis(dimethylamino)benzophenone, [C6H4N(CH3)2]2CO.

methyl ethyl ketone British & World English

Butanone, CH3CH2COCH3; abbreviated MEK.

methyl isobutyl ketone British & World English

A liquid ketone, (CH3)2CHCH2COCH3, which is manufactured by the hydrogenation of mesityl oxide and widely used as a solvent; 4-methylpentan-2-one.