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 acetonic (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Plus, people with diabetes actually tend to have acetone, another type of alcohol, on their breath. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Your Sweat Can Give Away How Drunk You Are," 12 Dec. 2019 According to the lawsuit, a rape kit confirmed she had been assaulted and a toxicology report said she had been slipped acetone. Chris Boyette, CNN, "Chicago nightclub faces second lawsuit over alleged sexual assault," 3 Dec. 2019 The barge caught fire around 9:40 a.m. as it was being cleaned of a product, later identified as acetone, said Chief Frank Jareczek of the Lemont Fire Protection District. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Barge fire on Sanitary and Ship Canal in Lemont leads to explosions," 4 Nov. 2019 Police said two high school students were detained Wednesday for possessing TATP, or tri-acetone triperoxide powder, a powerful explosive that has been used in bomb attacks worldwide., "One of the laws prescribes sanctions on officials found guilty of human rights abuses and requires an annual review of a special trade status for Hong Kong. The other bans the export of certain nonlethal munitions to Hong Kong police.," 29 Nov. 2019 Additional testing found detectable levels of propanol, acetone, dichlorodifluoromethane, chloromethane, naphthalene in the air as well. Cameron Knight,, "Frustrated by months of silence, leaders to hold meeting on Winton Terrace air quality," 12 Dec. 2018 That process also produces some chemical by-products called ketones, including acetone — a.k.a. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why the Keto Diet Gives You Bad Breath, According to a Nutritionist," 29 Nov. 2018 Police say a deliveryman, Jorge Luis Dupre Lachazo, 21, of Hialeah, killed her by hitting her on the head with a wooden mallet and setting her on fire with acetone. Tonya Alanez,, "Furniture deliveryman accused of sexual assault on customer," 6 Sep. 2019 In the kitchen, a can of acetone was found near the stove, which had been pulled away from the wall. Lisa J. Huriash,, "A deadly delivery: 75-year-old woman bashed with mallet and set on fire," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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“Acetone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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 acetonic (audio) \ adjective

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