acetate

noun ac·e·tate \ ˈa-sə-ˌtāt \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

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

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Origin and Etymology of acetate

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


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acetate

noun ac·e·tate \ ˈas-ə-ˌtāt \

medical Definition of acetate

: a salt or ester of acetic acid


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