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 acetonic (audio) \ adjective

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To correct the errors that were caught in advance, Folsom High student yearbook staffers and alumni spent hours dissolving them with acetone and covering them with stickers provided by Jostens. Sawsan Morrar, sacbee, "Folsom student said ‘cracker’ in her senior quote – and sparked a debate about diversity," 4 June 2019 Then remove all traces of your last color with an acetone-free remover (anything else unnecessarily dries out your nail). Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "15 Important Tips to Get Healthy Nails, According to Nail Care Experts," 24 Sep. 2015 Washington Post reports that the employees hit them with broomsticks and threw acetone at them. Kristin Corpuz, Allure, "People Are Protesting a Brooklyn Nail Salon After Video of Fight Goes Viral," 8 Aug. 2018 Next, soak cotton balls in acetone (a chemical commonly used in gel nail polish removal), apply a cotton ball to each nail, and wrap it in tin foil. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "4 Mistakes You’re Making When Wearing Gel Nail Polish," 25 Jan. 2019 And for best results, the pro suggests prepping the nail bed with a swipe of a cotton pad soaked in 99 percent acetone solution. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 5-Minute Manicure That Counts Fans From Jennifer Lopez to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," 29 Mar. 2019 Place a cotton ball soaked in acetone on each of your nails, then wrap the tip of your finger in foil to hold the ball in place. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Right Way To Remove Gel Nail Polish At Home," 20 Feb. 2019 Additionally, acetone can be extremely drying to the nail bed, causing nails to break or become brittle over time. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "4 Mistakes You’re Making When Wearing Gel Nail Polish," 25 Jan. 2019 Step Two: Soak it Up Next, grab your acetone (really intense nail polish remover) and pour some into a small bowl. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "How to Remove Gel Nail Polish Yourself," 28 Dec. 2017

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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 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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