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acetoacetic acid

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

Medical Definition of ACETOACETIC ACID

:  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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