acetic anhydride


Definition of acetic anhydride

: a colorless liquid C4H6O3 with a pungent odor used in organic synthesis (as of cellulose acetate and aspirin)

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Acetic anhydride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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Medical Definition of acetic anhydride

: a colorless liquid (CH3CO)2O with a pungent odor and lacrimatory and vesicant action that is used especially in making acetyl derivatives (as aspirin)

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