acrolein

noun
acro·​le·​in | \ ə-ˈkrō-lē-ən How to pronounce acrolein (audio) \

Definition of acrolein

: a colorless irritant pungent liquid aldehyde C3H4O used chiefly in organic synthesis

Examples of acrolein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the paper, researchers detected significant levels of 31 toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde, acrolein, propylene oxide, and previously undetected glycidol present. Samantha Cole, Popular Science, 27 July 2016 Both forms of cigarette use caused the presence of much higher levels of dangerous chemicals in the users’ bodies, including acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide and crotonaldehyde, the team reported. Benjamin Fearnow, Newsweek, 6 Mar. 2018 Those who used both types of cigarette had significantly higher levels of dangerous chemicals, including acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide and crotonaldehyde, the team reported. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of acrolein

circa 1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acrolein

borrowed from German Acrolein, from Latin ācr-, ācer "sharp, acrid" + oleum oil entry 1 + German -in -in entry 1 — more at acr-

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The first known use of acrolein was circa 1857

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“Acrolein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acrolein. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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acrolein

noun
acro·​le·​in | \ ə-ˈkrō-lē-ən How to pronounce acrolein (audio) \

Medical Definition of acrolein

: a toxic colorless liquid aldehyde C3H4O with acrid odor and irritating vapors that polymerizes readily into resins and is used chiefly in organic synthesis (as of methionine)

called also acrylaldehyde

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