acetic acid

noun ace·tic acid \ ə-ˈsē-tik- \
Updated on: 8 Jan 2018

Definition of acetic acid

: a colorless pungent liquid acid C2H4O2 that is the chief acid of vinegar and that is used especially in synthesis (as of plastics)

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Origin and Etymology of acetic acid

acetic borrowed from French acétique, from Latin acētum "sour wine, vinegar" (noun derivative from *acētus, verbal adjective of acēre "to be sour," going back to Indo-European h2eḱ-eh1- "to be sharp") + French -ique 1-ic — more at 1edge


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acetic acid

noun

medical Definition of acetic acid

: a colorless pungent liquid acid C2H4O2 that is the chief acid of vinegar and that is used especially in synthesis (as of plastics) and occasionally in medicine as an astringent and styptic

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