acetic acid

a·ce·tic ac·id
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-see-tik, uh-set-ik as-id]
    • /əˈsi tɪk, əˈsɛt ɪk ˈæs ɪd/
    • /əˈsiːtɪk ˈæsɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-see-tik, uh-set-ik as-id]
    • /əˈsi tɪk, əˈsɛt ɪk ˈæs ɪd/

Definitions of acetic acid words

  • uncountable noun acetic acid Acetic acid is a colourless acid. It is the main substance in vinegar. 3
  • noun acetic acid a colourless pungent liquid, miscible with water, widely used in the manufacture of acetic anhydride, vinyl acetate, plastics, pharmaceuticals, dyes, etc. Formula: CH3COOH 3
  • noun acetic acid a sour, colorless, liquid organic acid, CH3COOH, having a sharp odor: it is contained in vinegar (3 to 8%) and is used with alcohols to produce esters, esp. cellulose acetate 3
  • noun acetic acid Acetic acid it is a colorless acid that is the main component of vinegar and is also used as a solvent. 3
  • noun acetic acid a colorless, pungent, water-miscible liquid, C 2 H 4 O 2 , the essential constituent of vinegar, produced by oxidation of acetaldehyde, bacterial action on ethyl alcohol, the reaction of methyl alcohol with carbon monoxide, and other processes: used chiefly in the manufacture of acetate fibers and in the production of numerous esters that are solvents and flavoring agents. 1
  • noun acetic acid compound: ingredient of vinegar 1

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Origin of acetic acid

First appearance:

before 1800
One of the 42% newest English words
First recorded in 1800-10

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acetic acid popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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