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

Examples of acetone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For at least fifteen minutes, sit your hands in the bowl and allow the nails to soak in the pure acetone. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "How To Remove Acrylic Nails at Home," 27 Mar. 2020 Loihi, which has tried to mimic the way in which the brain works, was taught through machine learning that the sensor’s output corresponded to a particular smell, among them acetone, ammonia, and methane. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel teaches its Loihi brain chip to smell," 16 Mar. 2020 While the fat is broken down, your breath can smell sweeter thanks to the release of ketones, including acetone, as a byproduct. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Your Sweat Can Give Away How Drunk You Are," 12 Dec. 2019 For the final test, dab with acetone on a cotton swab. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Making a worn oak table look like new," 17 Feb. 2020 Yang’s student Jyotirmoy Mandal—who is now a postdoctoral researcher in Raman’s lab at the University of California, Los Angeles—dissolved fluorinated polymer precursors in acetone with a small amount of water. Scientific American, "The Supercool Materials That Send Heat to Space," 17 Feb. 2020 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, chicagotribune.com, "Barge fire on Sanitary and Ship Canal in Lemont leads to explosions," 4 Nov. 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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The first known use of acetone was in 1837

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4 Apr 2020

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“Acetone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acetone. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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