Acetone



a colorless, volatile, water-soluble, flammable liquid, C 3 H 6 O, usually derived by oxidation of isopropyl alcohol or by bacterial fermentation of carbohydrates: used chiefly in paints and varnishes, as a general solvent, and in organic synthesis.
Contemporary Examples

Van Ronk described how when visiting Asch he would put on his “Folkways suit,” a filthy jacket that smelled of acetone.
Fact Vs. Fiction in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’: The Real Story of Folk is Far Less Dejected Than the Movie Jimmy So December 3, 2013

Historical Examples

Diacetic acid occurs in the same conditions as acetone, but is less frequent and has more serious significance.
A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd

This begins to be well marked when the proportion of acetone exceeds 80 p.ct.
Researches on Cellulose C. F. Cross

acetone dissolves twenty-four times its own bulk of acetylene at ordinary atmospheric pressure.
Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting Harold P. Manly

On distilling off the acetone, a precipitation is determined.
Researches on Cellulose C. F. Cross

The mixture is then filtered into a previously weighed flask and washed several times with the acetone remaining.
Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen

By passing the vapour of strong acetic acid through an iron tube heated to dull redness, and condensing the acetone thus formed.
Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley

The vertical type, however, is employed in the manufacture of acetone and of iodine.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5 Various

More accurate investigations enabled him to identify these substances with acetone compounds.
Schenk’s Theory: The Determination of Sex Samuel Leopold Schenk

An example of a ternary system yielding such a boundary surface is that consisting of phenol, water, and acetone.
The Phase Rule and Its Applications Alexander Findlay

noun
a colourless volatile flammable pungent liquid, miscible with water, used in the manufacture of chemicals and as a solvent and thinner for paints, varnishes, and lacquers. Formula: CH3COCH3 Systematic name propanone
n.

colorless volatile liquid, 1839, literally “a derivative of acetic acid,” from Latin acetum “vinegar” (see acetic) + Greek-based chemical suffix -one, which owes its use in chemistry to this word.

acetone ac·e·tone (ās’ĭ-tōn’)
n.

A colorless, volatile, extremely flammable liquid ketone widely used as an organic solvent.

An organic compound produced in excessive amounts in diabetic acidosis.

acetone
(ās’ĭ-tōn’)
A colorless, volatile, extremely flammable liquid ketone that is widely used as a solvent, for example in nail-polish remover. Chemical formula: C3H6O.

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