acetone

noun
ac·e·tone | \ˈa-sə-ˌtōn \

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 \ adjective

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Some devices will use an array of sensors to rapidly detect carbon dioxide, ammonia, and acetone released into the rubble via breath, sweat, and skin. Pm Editors, Popular Mechanics, "110 Predictions For the Next 110 Years," 10 Dec. 2012 First: Reader discretion is advised The Ultra-Ever Dry coatings in their liquid state are based on xylene (bottom coat) and acetone (top coat) and emit powerful amounts of fumes. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 Upholstery Carefully blot up excess polish, then apply a small amount of acetone to the stain, using an eye dropper. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Nail Polish Out of Clothes and More," 7 Dec. 2017 Step 2: Wipe the shafts down with acetone to remove any sap, then lightly sand them. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 There were 40 gallons of acetone in the apartment of the suspected bomber. Marwa Eltagouri, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin man who blew himself up might have been white supremacist making ISIS-style bombs," 14 Apr. 2018 The Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue Department responded to the Life Storage facility at 3190 Pullman St. after a report of an acetone-like odor at about 2:10 p.m., said Capt. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Costa Mesa fire crews investigate gas odor at storage facility," 10 May 2018 There were 40 gallons of acetone in the apartment of the suspected bomber. Marwa Eltagouri, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin man who blew himself up might have been white supremacist making ISIS-style bombs," 14 Apr. 2018 The spill initially was thought to be all acetone — a solvent used in many nail polish removers that can irritate the nose, throat, eye and skin at moderate to high levels of exposure. Joy Resmovits, latimes.com, "A chemical spill, unchecked eyewash stations, poor training: Audit details Cal State's lax lab safety," 25 Apr. 2018

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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

noun
ac·e·tone | \ˈas-ə-ˌtōn \

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 \ adjective

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