acet-

combining form
variants: or aceto-
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of acet-

: acetic acid : acetic
  • acetyl

Origin and Etymology of acet-

borrowed from French acéto-, from Latin acētum "vinegar" + French -o- -o- — more at acetic acid
Note: The formative acéto- was apparently first used by the French chemist Claude Louis Berthollet in Éléments de l'art de la teinture (Paris, 1791), in the compound acide acéto-citrique, a name for a mixture of acetic acid and citric acid used for fixation in dyeing.


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