dioxolane

noun

di·​ox·​o·​lane
dīˈäksəˌlān
plural -s
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)

Word History

Etymology

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 7 Feb. 2023.

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