acetoacetic acid

noun
ace·​to·​ace·​tic acid | \ ˌa-sə-(ˌ)tō-ə-ˈsē-tik- How to pronounce acetoacetic acid (audio) , 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"

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about acetoacetic acid

Time Traveler for acetoacetic acid

Time Traveler

The first known use of acetoacetic acid was in 1877

See more words from the same year

Statistics for acetoacetic acid

Cite this Entry

“Acetoacetic acid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acetoacetic%20acid. Accessed 25 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for acetoacetic acid

acetoacetic acid

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

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

More from Merriam-Webster on acetoacetic acid

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about acetoacetic acid

Comments on acetoacetic acid

What made you want to look up acetoacetic acid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

dull or mediocre

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!