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acetin

noun ac·e·tin \ ˈas-ət-ən \

medical Definition of acetin

:any of three liquid acetates formed when glycerol and acetic acid are heated together:
a :one C3H5(OH)2C2H3O2 containing only one acetate group that is used chiefly in the manufacture of explosives called also monoacetin
b :one C3H5(OH)(C2H3O2)2 containing two acetate groups that is used chiefly as a plasticizer and solvent called also diacetin
c :one C3H5(C2H3O2)3 containing three acetate groups that is used chiefly as a plasticizer and solvent and as a fixative in perfumes called also triacetin

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