ac·​e·​tone | \ ˈa-sə-ˌtōn How to pronounce acetone (audio) \

Definition of acetone

: a volatile fragrant flammable liquid ketone C3H6O used chiefly as a solvent and in organic synthesis and found in abnormal quantities in diabetic urine

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acetonic \ ˌa-​sə-​ˈtä-​nik How to pronounce acetone (audio) \ adjective

Examples of acetone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nail-polish removers with acetone can dehydrate that area affecting the overall health of the nail. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "The Best Press-On Nails to Try at Home Right Now," 20 Feb. 2021 Pour 100% pure acetone into a glass bowl or shallow coffee mug. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Remove Dip Powder Nails," 18 Feb. 2021 Brown visited an emergency room in an attempt to get the glue out of her hair, according to TMZ, medical professionals tried using acetone on her scalp and were unsuccessful. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Woman finally gets Gorilla Glue out of hair after four-hour surgery," 11 Feb. 2021 Langston once recounted that while repairing fossils at U.C. Berkeley in the 1930s and 1940s, the paleontologists would dissolve cellulose acetate film strips in acetone to make glue rather than buy the more expensive Duco Cement. Matthew A. Brown, Scientific American, "The Real Dilophosaurus Would Have Eaten the Jurassic Park Version for Breakfast," 1 Jan. 2021 Ames added that the owner of the salon told her to come in to pick up some acetone solution. Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, "The 8 wildest Houston events of 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 Just dab in acetone and use it to clean up your cute designs. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Ring in 2021 with these adorable New Year’s nail art ideas," 23 Dec. 2020 At the beginning of the pandemic nail technicians began to post tutorials on how to remove gel nail polish, a sturdy substance that must be removed by buffing the nail and soaking it in acetone. New York Times, "The Beauty Products That Got Us Through 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 Carol Chapin, vice president of research and development for Simple Green, which makes cleaning solutions, suggested wetting a cotton ball with acetone nail polish remover and dabbing that on the pitch to soften and remove it. Washington Post, "Need to remove sap from asphalt? Get out the hand sanitizer.," 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of acetone

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acetone

borrowed from French acétone, from (esprit pyro-)acétique, literally, "pyro-acetic spirit," an earlier name for acetone + -one -one

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The first known use of acetone was in 1837

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“Acetone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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ac·​e·​tone | \ ˈas-ə-ˌtōn How to pronounce acetone (audio) \

Medical Definition of acetone

: a volatile fragrant flammable liquid ketone C3H6O used chiefly as a solvent and in organic synthesis and found in abnormal quantities in diabetic urine

called also propanone

Other Words from acetone

acetonic \ ˌas-​ə-​ˈtän-​ik How to pronounce acetone (audio) \ adjective

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