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acetic acid

noun, Chemistry.
a colorless, pungent, water-miscible liquid, C 2 H 4 O 2 , the essential constituent of vinegar, produced by oxidation of acetaldehyde, bacterial action on ethyl alcohol, the reaction of methyl alcohol with carbon monoxide, and other processes: used chiefly in the manufacture of acetate fibers and in the production of numerous esters that are solvents and flavoring agents.
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1800-10 Unabridged
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  • It is also important to note that the lactic-acid ferment is not so sensitive to hydrochloric acid as the acetic-acid ferment.

    On Digestive Proteolysis R. H. Chittenden
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acetic acid

a colourless pungent liquid, miscible with water, widely used in the manufacture of acetic anhydride, vinyl acetate, plastics, pharmaceuticals, dyes, etc. Formula: CH3COOH Systematic name ethanoic acid See also glacial acetic acid, vinegar
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acetic-acid in Medicine

acetic acid a·ce·tic acid (ə-sē'tĭk)
A clear, colorless organic acid with a distinctive pungent odor, the chief acid of vinegar, also used as a solvent. Also called ethanoic acid.

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acetic-acid in Science
acetic acid  
A clear, colorless organic acid having a distinctive pungent odor. It is used as a solvent and in the manufacture of rubber, plastics, acetate fibers, pharmaceuticals, and photographic chemicals. Acetic acid is the chief acid of vinegar. Chemical formula: C2H4O2.
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