Definition of Acetal

1. Noun. Any organic compound formed by adding alcohol molecules to aldehyde molecules.

Generic synonyms: Organic Compound

Definition of Acetal

1. n. A limpid, colorless, inflammable liquid from the slow oxidation of alcohol under the influence of platinum black.

Definition of Acetal

1. Noun. (organic chemistry) Any diether of a geminal diol, R2C(OR')2 (where R' does not = H). ¹

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Definition of Acetal

1. a flammable liquid [n -S]

Medical Definition of Acetal

1. A limpid, colourless, inflammable liquid from the slow oxidation of alcohol under the influence of platinum black. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Acetal

acetabular artery
acetabular branch
acetabular fossa
acetabular labrum
acetabular lip
acetabular notch
acetal (current term)
acetaldehyde dehydrogenase
acetaldehyde oxidase

Literary usage of Acetal

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1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1914)
"which smells strongly of acrolein acetal, is treated with 900 g. of commercial potassium carbonate and the solution cooled at once. ..."

2. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1863)
"Pure acetal then distils over from 100° to 105°. 2 parts water (the proportions given by Liebig for the proportion of aldehyde), is subjected to ..."

3. Hand-book of Chemistry by Leopold Gmelin, Henry Watts (1858)
"Pure acetal then passes over between 100° and 105°. C"H"O< . ... 100-00 [Stas (ix, 40) regarded acetal as a compound qf 1 At. aldehyde with 2 At. ether ..."

4. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"The product containa aldehyde and ethyl acetate in addition to acetal ; to remove these it is shaken with concentrated aqueous potash, the brown liquid ..."

5. Chemical News and Journal of Physical Science (1869)
"The discovery of M. Beilstein that aldehyde is obtained in treating acetal by acetic acid, and particularly the fact observed by M. Paterno of the ..."

6. Elements of Chemistry: Including the Applications of the Science in the Arts by Thomas Graham (1842)
"acetal, or compound of aldehyde with ether, ... acetal is a colourless very fluid liquid, having a peculiar odour, suggesting that of Hungary wines. ..."

7. Handbook of Organic Chemistry: For the Use of Students by William Gregory, J. Milton Sanders (1857)
"acetal. C» H» O3 = C4 H3.O4-C4 Hi,O + HO = Ac O Is formed by the action of the oxygen of the air on the vapors of alcohol, under the influence of the black ..."

8. Elements of chemistry, including the applications of the science in the arts by Thomas Graham (1842)
"acetal is a colourless very fluid liquid, haying a peculiar odour, suggesting that of Hungary wines. It boils at 5)5.2° cent., its density is 0.823 at 20° ..."

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