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acetic acid

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noun ace·tic acid \ə-ˈsē-tik-\

Definition of acetic acid

  1. :  a colorless pungent liquid acid C2H4O2 that is the chief acid of vinegar and that is used especially in synthesis (as of plastics)



Origin of acetic acid

probably from French acétique, from Latin acetum vinegar


First Known Use: 1788


Medical Dictionary

acetic acid

noun ace·tic acid

Medical Definition of acetic acid

  1. :  a colorless pungent liquid acid C2H4O2 that is the chief acid of vinegar and that is used especially in synthesis (as of plastics) and occasionally in medicine as an astringent and styptic




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