acrolein

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noun acro·le·in \ ə-ˈkrō-lē-ən \

Definition of acrolein

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

Origin and Etymology of acrolein

International Scientific Vocabulary acr- (from Latin acr-, acer) + Latin olēre to smell — more at odor


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acrolein

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noun acro·le·in \ ə-ˈkrō-lē-ən \

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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