ethyl acetate


: a colorless fragrant volatile flammable liquid ester C4H8O2 used especially as a solvent

Examples of ethyl acetate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, coffee manufacturers typically use solvents like methylene chloride or ethyl acetate to wash out the caffeine molecules. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 16 June 2021 The researchers show that using ethyl acetate as the main solvent keeps the battery cell operating at temperatures down to -40 °C. IEEE Spectrum, 15 May 2023 The protective layer keeps the plated lithium from reacting with the ethyl acetate and forming gases. IEEE Spectrum, 15 May 2023 Toluene, methanol, acetone and ethyl acetate are all flammable. John R. Ellement,, 5 May 2023 That’s not all — the list of byproducts or chemicals added by manufacturers for flavor and taste can read like a list of supplies at an industrial warehouse: ethyl formate, ethyl acetate, n-propanol, isobutanol, n-butanol, isopentanol and isoamyl alcohols. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 30 Dec. 2022 The wine had 200 mg/l of ethyl acetate. Per and Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Conventional home fragrance products can contain hundreds of chemicals, including phthalates, benzaldehyde, camphor, ethyl acetate, benzyl acetate, musk ketone, benzene, formaldehyde, BHT and acetaldehyde. Lindsey M. Roberts, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2023 Each glass displays molecules found in beer such as humulene, which is responsible for that quintessential hoppy aroma, or ethyl acetate, which gives ales their fruity flavor. Discover Magazine, 2 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ethyl acetate was in 1866

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“Ethyl acetate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

ethyl acetate

: a colorless fragrant volatile flammable liquid ester C4H8O2 used especially as a solvent

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