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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [as-i-tal]
    • /ˈæs ɪˌtæl/
    • /ˈasɪtəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [as-i-tal]
    • /ˈæs ɪˌtæl/

Definitions of acetal word

  • noun acetal 1,1-diethoxyethane; a colourless volatile liquid used as a solvent and in perfumes. Formula: CH3CH(OC2H5)2 3
  • noun acetal any organic compound containing the group -CH(OR1)OR2, where R1 and R2 are other organic groups 3
  • noun acetal any of a class of organic compounds; esp., CH3CH(OC2H5)2, a colorless, slightly soluble, volatile liquid formed by the partial oxidation of ethyl alcohol: used as a solvent, in organic synthesis, and sometimes as a hypnotic 3
  • noun acetal Also called diethylacetal. a colorless, volatile, sparingly water-soluble liquid, C 6 H 14 O 2 , having a nutlike aftertaste, obtained from acetaldehyde and ethyl alcohol: used chiefly as a solvent and in the manufacture of perfumes. 1
  • noun acetal any of a class of compounds of aldehydes with alcohols. 1
  • noun acetal An organic compound formed by the condensation of two alcohol molecules with an aldehyde molecule. 1

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Origin of acetal

First appearance:

before 1850
One of the 32% newest English words
First recorded in 1850-55; acet- + -al3

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Parts of speech for Acetal


acetal popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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