acrolein


acro·le·in

noun \ə-ˈkrō-lē-ən\

Definition of ACROLEIN

:  a colorless irritant pungent liquid aldehyde C3H4O used chiefly in organic synthesis

Origin of ACROLEIN

International Scientific Vocabulary acr- (from Latin acr-, acer) + Latin olēre to smell — more at odor
First Known Use: circa 1857

acro·le·in

noun \ə-ˈkrō-lē-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ACROLEIN

: a toxic colorless liquid aldehyde C3H4O with acrid odor and irritating vapors that polymerizes readily into resins and is used chiefly in organic synthesis (as of methionine)—called also acrylaldehyde

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