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mesityl oxide

[mez-i-til, mes-] /ˈmɛz ɪ tɪl, ˈmɛs-/
noun, Chemistry
an oily, colorless liquid, C 6 H 1 0 O, having a honeylike odor: used chiefly as a solvent and in the manufacture of synthetic organic compounds.
Origin of mesityl oxide
1870-75; mesityl < New Latin mesīt(a) (< Greek mesī́tēs mediator, go-between, equivalent to mes- mes- + -ītēs -ite1) + -yl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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