ac·​e·​tate | \ ˈa-sə-ˌtāt How to pronounce acetate (audio) \

Definition of acetate

1 : a salt or ester of acetic acid
2 : cellulose acetate also : something (such as a textile fiber) made from cellulose acetate
3 : a phonograph recording disk made of an acetate or coated with cellulose acetate

Examples of acetate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oklahoma resumed executing inmates in October; executions had been halted since 2015 after Glossip was almost put to death with potassium acetate — a chemical used to de-ice airplane wings — instead of potassium chloride. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2022 The most surprising might be the Oxford, a combination steel-acetate frame with a circular lens and futuristic cutout details. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 15 June 2022 Unlike a recording made with contemporary equipment, a performance etched into an acetate can’t be easily remixed or otherwise reengineered. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 9 June 2022 The custom frames are made of lightweight, two-layered handmade acetate with cut-down designs of tortoise and crystal colors in a trendy round shape. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 1 June 2022 And there's also the treasure trove of items from producer Glyn Johns, including his daily diaries and an early acetate pressing of the record-in-process. Jordan Runtagh,, 4 Apr. 2022 Brooks was the first company to use spongy Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) in their running shoe insoles, which today is an industry standard. Andrew Freeman, Outside Online, 21 May 2012 The foam was called ethylene-vinyl acetate, or EVA, and was first applied in 1975 to a Brooks shoe called the Villanova (and Lady Villanova). Outside Online, 1 Mar. 2015 Instead of using synthetic chemicals to feed your yard, though, this fertilizer is derived from corn gluten meal, urea, and potassium acetate—all natural ingredients. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of acetate

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acetate

borrowed from French acétate, from (acide) acétique acetic acid + -ate, -ate entry 1

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20 Jun 2022

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“Acetate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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ac·​e·​tate | \ ˈas-ə-ˌtāt How to pronounce acetate (audio) \

Medical Definition of acetate

: a salt or ester of acetic acid

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