di·​ox·​o·​lane | \ dīˈäksəˌlān \
plural -s

Definition of dioxolane

1 : a water-soluble liquid cyclic acetal C3H6O2 made usually from formaldehyde and ethylene glycol that is capable of polymerizing to poly-acetal resins having essentially the open-chain structure (−OCH2OCH2CH2−)χ

called also 1,3- dioxolane

2 : a derivative of dioxolane made usually by reaction of an aldehyde or ketone with formaldehyde, many such derivatives being capable of polymerizing to useful products (such as supports for photographic emulsions)

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History and Etymology for dioxolane

dioxol chemical compound having the formula C3H4O2 (International Scientific Vocabulary di- + ox- + -ol) + -ane

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“Dioxolane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dioxolane. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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