from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pungent, toxic, colorless gas, C2H2O, used chiefly as an acetylation agent.

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  • noun organic chemistry any of a class of unsaturated ketones, having a general formula R1R2C=C=O, that react as if they were inner acid anhydrides
  • noun organic chemistry the parent compound of this class, CH2=C=O, an unstable, reactive colourless gas


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