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acetoin

[uh-set-oh-in] /əˈsɛt oʊ ɪn/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a yellowish, pleasant-smelling liquid, C 4 H 8 O 2 , obtained from various carbohydrates, as glucose, by fermentation: used chiefly in the manufacture of flavors and essences.
Origin
aceto- + -in2
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