acetone

noun
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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Other Words from acetone

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

Examples of acetone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This simple technique works because acetone is able to dissolve the glue. Sakshi Udavant, chicagotribune.com, "How to get nail glue off skin," 18 Apr. 2021 First, the top layer of polish is gently sloughed off with a coarse nail file, then the nails are soaked in an acetone solution. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "The Major Differences Between Gel and Dip Powder Nails," 17 Apr. 2021 Nail polish removers contain a chemical called acetone, which can help dissolve super glue. Zachary Visconti, chicagotribune.com, "How to get super glue off skin," 20 Mar. 2021 My nail beds almost always look and feel brittle after employing these methods, with my fingertips reeking of acetone for hours after. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "This Eco-Friendly Nail Polish Remover Is the Best I've Ever Used," 18 Mar. 2021 More than 20 years ago, a couple of Emory University researchers with a lot of time on their hands tried to dissolve Peeps in water, acetone, sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide. al, "They’re an Easter staple, but what are Peeps made of?," 31 Mar. 2021 Best of all is the scent—like an array of roses instead of strong, sickly acetone. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "This Eco-Friendly Nail Polish Remover Is the Best I've Ever Used," 18 Mar. 2021 Her process is to soften the bristles of a fine-line brush with some acetone, and then pour a drop of nail polish onto a piece of foil. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Kylie Jenner's Latest Manicure Combines Every Single Nail Trend Into One," 25 Mar. 2021 The first involves warming a bottle of acetone under the faucet, then pour it into a bowl and soak your fingers for 30 minutes. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Remove Acrylics at Home Without Ruining Your Nails," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Acetone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acetone. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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acetone

noun
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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