Definition of Acetic acid

1. Noun. A colorless pungent liquid widely used in manufacturing plastics and pharmaceuticals.

Definition of Acetic acid

1. Noun. (organic compound) A clear colourless organic acid, CH3COOH, formed by the oxidation of ethanol; it is used as a solvent and has very many industrial applications; it is the major acidic component of vinegar. ¹

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Medical Definition of Acetic acid

1. The acid most commonly associated with vinegar, it is the most commercially important organic acid and is used to manufacture a wide range of chemical products, such as plastics and Acetobacter but, except for making vinegar, is usually made through synthetic processes. Derivatives of acetic acid which may be formed by substitution reactions. Mono- and di-substituted, as well as, halogenated compounds have been synthesised. Experimentally, alpha- and n2- substituted acetic acids have been examined for their anti-inflammatory activity and effect on the central nervous system respectively. Additionally, limited exposure data has been collected on dibromo and dichloroacetic acids to determine whether they pose health effects. Synonym: ethanoic acid. (26 Jun 1999)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Acetic Acid

acetate-CoA ligase
acetate-succinate CoA-transferase
acetate disk
acetate kinase
acetate rayon
acetate replacement factor
acetate thiokinase
acetic acid (current term)
acetic alcohol
acetic aldehyde
acetic amide
acetic anhydride
acetic fermentation
acetic phosphoric anhydride
acetic solution

Literary usage of Acetic acid

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1. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1922)
"About 4 to 5 grams of glacial acetic acid or a corresponding amount of ... Impurities in acetic acid The more important impurities that are looked for in ..."

2. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1915)
"of glacial acetic acid is of course not to be recommended; but it may be that this modification of the urea synthesis will find further application in cases ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"A very pure form of acetic acid is prepared by subjecting alcohol to the powerful oxidizing action of spongy platinum hung above it in abundance of air. ..."

4. Analytical Chemistry by Frederick Pearson Treadwell (1921)
"If a drop of acetic acid is added to the turbid solution the precipitate disappears at once. ... Dilute Sulfuric Acid sets acetic acid free from its salts; ..."

5. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"10687, 1913) claims a method of producing acetic acid by the destructive distillation of coffee husks in a retort provided with a screw conveyor. of ..."

6. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1912)
"Small quantities of acetic acid may be recognised by neutralising with caustic potash, ... acetic acid mixes with alcohol and ether in all proportions. ..."

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