butyrolactone

noun

bu·​tyr·​o·​lactone
¦byütə(ˌ)rō,
-ərə +
plural -s
: a mobile liquid lactone C4H6O2 made usually by dehydrogenation of 1,4-butanediol and used chiefly as a solvent for resins (such as polymers of acrylonitrile)

called also butanolide

Word History

Etymology

butyr- + lactone

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“Butyrolactone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butyrolactone. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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