pinacol

noun pin·a·col \ˈpinəˌkȯl, -kōl\

Definition of pinacol

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a liquid glycol (CH3)2C(OH)C(OH)(CH3)2 that forms a crystalline hexahydrate C6H12(OH)2.6H2O and that is usually made from acetone by reduction with amalgamated magnesium followed by hydrolysis of the intermediate magnesium derivative; 2,3-dimethyl-2,3-butanediol

  2. 2 :  any of a series of tetrasubstituted derivatives of ethylene glycol obtained by reduction of ketones other than acetone

pinacolic

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of pinacol

International Scientific Vocabulary pinac- + -ol; from the fact that it unites with water to form tabloid-shaped crystals


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