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acrolein

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noun acro·le·in \ə-ˈkrō-lē-ən\

Definition of acrolein

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



Origin and Etymology of acrolein

International Scientific Vocabulary acr- (from Latin acr-, acer) + Latin olēre to smell — more at odor


First Known Use: circa 1857


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acrolein

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noun acro·le·in \ə-ˈkrō-lē-ən\

Medical Definition of acrolein

  1. :  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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