acrolein

noun acro·le·in \ ə-ˈkrō-lē-ən \
|Updated on: 6 May 2018

Definition of acrolein

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

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Origin and Etymology of acrolein

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


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acrolein

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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