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

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Recent Examples on the Web Made in Italy with sturdy acetate frames and other high-quality materials, these sunglasses can easily serve as your everyday sunglasses year after year. Matthew Young,, "What are polarized glasses?," 3 Apr. 2021 This season’s iterations have been reworked and remade with thicker, substantial acetate frames instead of thin and fragile metal rims. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Look Sharp in This Season’s Statement-Making Sunglasses," 1 Apr. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eventually found a link to vitamin E acetate, which has been used as a cutting agent in e-liquids containing THC. Misha Gajewski, Forbes, "Study Suggests Teens Who Vape Cannabis May Have Symptoms Of Lung Injury," 5 Mar. 2021 Regularly $171, the acetate frames with polished lettering at the hinges are on sale in the Bordeaux hue for $89. Arielle Tschinkel And Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 12 best things to buy from the private Tory Burch sale happening now," 27 Feb. 2021 The most basic version costs $15 but more advanced models come in aluminum for $85 and the copolymer material ethylene vinyl acetate at $25. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Virtual Reality for All, Finally," 8 Dec. 2015 The direct-to-consumer brand launched May 2019, and all of its frames are handmade with Italian acetate and polarized lenses. Andrea Zendejas, Marie Claire, "19 Sunglasses Brands to Have on Your Radar for Summer 2021," 27 Jan. 2021 Calcium magnesium acetate is generally considered to be the best de-icer for having less impact on plants and the environment. Tim Johnson,, "With snow on its way, here are the best removal products for winter weather in Chicago," 28 Dec. 2020 Those looking for something classic should shop the Eliot ($32.90, originally $94;, a 1950s Browline-style frame made from a mixture of acetate and metal. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "The best non-Amazon Prime Day sales that are still happening," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of acetate was in 1788

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9 Apr 2021

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“Acetate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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