noun Chemistry.
a whitish liquid with pungent and suffocating odor, C 4 H 6 O, soluble in water, used as a solvent, in tear gas, and in organic synthesis.
Also called betamethyl acrolein, crotonic aldehyde.

croton(ic) (see crotonic acid) + aldehyde Unabridged
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