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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Aprés promises that the tips will stay attached for over three weeks and can be soaked off with acetone in about 15 minutes, with far less damage than acrylics. Marci Robin, Allure, "Ariana Grande's Nails May Look Like Acrylics, But They're Actually Gel Extensions," 24 July 2018 Some Cotton Balls The key to removing gel nail polish is to soak your finger tips in acetone. Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to Removing Gel Nail Polish at Home — Without Damaging Your Nails," 30 Aug. 2018 Prosecutors said Nguyen intentionally doused her nail salon’s stock room with acetone and isopropyl alcohol, lit it on fire, and left the building, FOX4 Kansas City reported. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "'Serial arsonist' gets 74 years for blaze that killed 2 firefighters," 22 Sep. 2018 Plus, cotton balls are able to hold on to the acetone better as your nails soak. Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to Removing Gel Nail Polish at Home — Without Damaging Your Nails," 30 Aug. 2018 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

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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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