acetyl chloride


Definition of acetyl chloride

: 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

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First Known Use of acetyl chloride

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Acetyl chloride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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