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

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 To achieve a flawless French chez toi, gently buff nails, wipe the surface with acetone and follow with a base coat, said Ms. Boyce. Amber Kallor, WSJ, 20 July 2022 Many formulas recommend soaking your nails in acetone and warm water to soften the glue and ensure the nails easily pop right off. Jillian Ruffo, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 June 2022 In April, the U.S. government concluded that Russian intelligence was behind an attack on Muratov, during which he was doused in a mixture of red paint and acetone and left with a chemical burn to his eyes. Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 Muratov, a critic of Russia's Ukraine invasion, was preparing to take a train from Moscow to Samara, Russia, when someone threw a mixture of red paint and acetone at him, causing chemical burns to his eyes. Harold Maass, The Week, 29 Apr. 2022 The designs are printed on a thin adhesive that can be removed with acetone. Globe Staff,, 23 May 2022 The startup uses a process known as acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation in which bacteria break down the sugars in the whisky draff and pot ale into acids. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 25 Apr. 2022 The drugs were hidden inside Klean Strip acetone containers, according to court records. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 Prominent Russian newspaper editor Dmitry Muratov was attacked on a train Thursday, doused with a paint and acetone mixture that left his eyes burning, his newspaper said. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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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