ALL meanings of acetic acid

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  • 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
  • noun acetic acid (organic chemistry) 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. 0
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