acetanilide

noun

ac·​et·​an·​i·​lide ˌa-sə-ˈta-nə-ˌlīd How to pronounce acetanilide (audio)
-ləd
variants or acetanilid
: a white crystalline compound C8H9NO that is derived from aniline and acetic acid and is used especially to relieve pain or fever

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French acétanilide, from acét- acet- + anilide "an amide in which hydrogen of the amido group is replaced by phenyl," borrowed from French, from aniline aniline + -ide (in amide amide)

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acetanilide was in 1855

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Cite this Entry

“Acetanilide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acetanilide. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

acetanilide

noun
ac·​et·​an·​i·​lide
variants or acetanilid
: a white crystalline compound C8H9NO that is derived from aniline and acetic acid and is used especially to relieve pain or fever

called also phenylacetamide

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