acetylene

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noun acet·y·lene \ ə-ˈse-tᵊl-ən , -tᵊl-ˌēn \

Definition of acetylene

:a colorless gaseous hydrocarbon HC≡CH used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a fuel (as in welding and soldering)

acetylenic

play \ə-ˌse-tᵊl-ˈē-nik, -ˈe-nik\ adjective

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First Known Use of acetylene

1851


ACETYLENE Defined for English Language Learners

acetylene

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Definition of acetylene for English Language Learners

  • : a gas that burns with a very hot flame which is used to melt and connect pieces of metal


Medical Dictionary

acetylene

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noun acet·y·lene \ ə-ˈset-ᵊl-ən , -ᵊl-ˌēn \

medical Definition of acetylene

:a colorless gaseous hydrocarbon HC≡CH made especially by the action of water on calcium carbide and used chiefly in organic synthesis and as a fuel (as in welding and soldering) called also ethyne

acetylenic

play \ə-ˌset-ᵊl-ˈē-nik, -ˈen-ik\ adjective


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