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acetoacetic acid

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noun ace·to·ace·tic acid \ˌa-sə-(ˌ)tō-ə-ˈsē-tik-, ə-ˌsē-tō-\

Definition of acetoacetic acid

  1. :  an unstable acid C4H6O3 that is a ketone body found in abnormal quantities in the blood and urine in some conditions (as diabetes)



Origin and Etymology of acetoacetic acid

part translation of German Azetessigsäure, from azet- acet- + Essigsäure acetic acid


First Known Use: circa 1900


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acetoacetic acid

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noun ace·to·ace·tic acid \ˌas-ə-(ˌ)tō-ə-ˌsēt-ik-, ə-ˌsēt-ō-\

Medical Definition of acetoacetic acid

  1. :  an unstable acid C4H6O3 that is one of the ketone bodies found in abnormal amounts in the blood and urine in certain conditions of impaired metabolism (as in starvation and diabetes mellitus)—called also diacetic acid




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