acetaldehyde

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acetaldehyde ac·et·al·de·hyde (ās'ĭ-tāl'də-hīd')
n.
A colorless, flammable liquid formed during ethanol metabolism and yeast fermentation of organic compounds and used to manufacture acetic acid and drugs. Also called aldehyde, ethaldehyde.

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