acetoacetic-acid

acetoacetic acid

[uh-see-toh-uh-see-tik, -uh-set-ik, as-i-toh-]
noun Chemistry.
a colorless, oily liquid, C 4 H 6 O 3 , soluble in water, alcohol, and ether: used in synthetic organic chemistry.
Also called diacetic acid.


Origin:
1895–1900; aceto- + acetic

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acetoacetic acid ac·e·to·a·ce·tic acid (ās'ĭ-tō-ə-sē'tĭk, ə-sē'tō-)
n.
A ketone body that is formed in excessive amounts and excreted in the urine of individuals suffering from starvation or diabetes. Also called diacetic acid.

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