acetyl chloride

noun

: a colorless pungent fuming liquid CH3COCl made by chlorination of acetic acid or its derivatives (as by distilling a mixture of acetic acid and phosphorus trichloride) and used chiefly in preparing acetyl derivatives

Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of acetyl chloride was in 1863

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“Acetyl chloride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acetyl%20chloride. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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