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acetoacetic acid


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ketone body, CH3COCH2COOH, excreted in the urine in certain diabetic conditions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The ketonic carboxylic acid CH3-CO-CH2-COOH, that is present in the urine of people suffering from starvation or some forms of diabetes

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. unstable acid found in abnormal amounts in the blood and urine in some cases of impaired metabolism (as diabetes mellitus or starvation)


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