acetoacetic acid

noun
ace·​to·​ace·​tic acid | \ˌa-sə-(ˌ)tō-ə-ˈsē-tik-, ə-ˌsē-tō-\

Definition of acetoacetic acid 

: an unstable acid C4H6O3 that is a ketone body found in abnormal quantities in the blood and urine in some conditions (such as diabetes)

First Known Use of acetoacetic acid

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acetoacetic acid

partial translation of German Acetessigsäure, from acet- acet- + Essigsäure "acetic acid"

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acetoacetic acid

noun
ace·​to·​ace·​tic acid | \ˌas-ə-(ˌ)tō-ə-ˌsēt-ik-, ə-ˌsēt-ō- \

Medical Definition of acetoacetic acid 

: an unstable acid C4H6O3 that is one of the ketone bodies found in abnormal amounts in the blood and urine in certain conditions of impaired metabolism (as in starvation and diabetes mellitus)

called also diacetic acid

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