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the simplest ketone; a highly inflammable liquid widely used as an organic solvent and as material for making plastics


substance noun (substance and materials)

Type of:

resolvent » medium » substance » matter

Original source:

Princeton WordNet


2-propanone | acetone | dimethyl ketone | propanone | acet. [abbreviation]

Definition references  (+images)

Columbia Encyclopedia:

acetone | dimethyl ketone | 2-propanone | propanone, 2- | 2- propanone | CH3COCH3 [chemical formula]

..., colorless, flammable liquid. Acetone melts at -94.8°C and boils at 56.2°C. It's the simplest aliphatic ketone. Acetone is widely used in industry ... (23 of 78 words, pronunciations)


New World Dictionary:

acetone | CH3COCH3 [chemical formula] | acetonic [adjective, related]

a colorless, flammable, volatile liquid, ..., used in organic synthesis and as a solvent, especially in making rayon: it's found in small amounts in ... (24 of 43 words, pronunciations)


Random House Dictionary:

ketone | CH3COCH3 [chemical formula, sense-specific] | CH3COC2H5 [chemical formula, sense-specific]

[chemistry] : any of a class of organic compounds containing a carbonyl group, CO, attached to two alkyl groups, as ... or .... | containing the ... (25 of 32 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

acetone | CH3COCH3 [chemical formula] | acetonic [adjective, related]

A colorless, volatile, extremely flammable liquid ketone, ..., widely used as an organic solvent. (14 of 20 words, pronunciations)



Acetone | propanone | Dimethyl ketone [3, synonym] | β-Ketopropane [3, synonym] | Propanone [4, synonym] | 2-Propanone [3, synonym] | Dimethyl formaldehyde [5, synonym] | Pyroacetic spirit (archaic) [6, synonym] | C3H6[chemical formula]

the organic compound with the formula (CH3)2CO. It's a colorless, mobile, flammable liquid, and is the simplest ketone. Acetone is miscible with water and serves as an important solvent in its own right, typically for cleaning ... (36 of 3180 words, 2 images)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

acetone [CH3COCH3] | acetone CH3COCH3 | 2-propanone [synonym] | dimethyl ketone [synonym] | CH3COCH3 [chemical formula]

organic solvent of industrial and chemical significance, the simplest and most important of the aliphatic ketones. Pure acetone is a colourless, ... (21 of 167 words, 1 image)



colourless | acetone [organic chemistry] | propanone [organic chemistry] | propan-2-one [organic chemistry] | dimethyl ketone [organic chemistry] | hydrocyanic acid [chemistry, solutions, inorganic chemistry] | hydrocyanic acids [chemistry, solutions, inorganic chemistry, plural] | prussic acid [chemistry, solutions, inorganic chemistry] | hydrogen cyanide [inorganic chemistry] | ...

Having no, or little colour. | [liquid] water white. | Lacking in interest or variety. (13 of 22 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


Collins Dictionary:

acetone | propanone [Systematic] | CH3COCH3 [chemical formula]

a colourless volatile flammable pungent liquid, miscible with water, used in the manufacture of chemicals and as a solvent and thinner for paints, ... (23 of 452 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

acetone [chemistry] | propanone [synonym] | CH3COCH3 [chemical formula]

a colourless volatile liquid ketone made by oxidizing isopropanol, used as an organic solvent and synthetic reagent (17 of 51 words, pronunciation)


acetone | CH3COCH3 [chemical formula, sense-specific]

Syllabification: (ac·e·tone) | [chemistry] | a colorless volatile liquid ketone made by oxidizing isopropanol, used as an organic solvent and ... (18 of 48 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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acetone | C3H6[chemical formula] | acetonic [adjective, related]

a volatile fragrant flammable liquid ketone .. used chiefly as a solvent and in organic synthesis and found in abnormal quantities in diabetic urine (24 of 49 words, pronunciations)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

acetone [uncountable, chemistry]

a liquid used in some types of paint and varnish to prevent them from becoming too thick (17 of 42 words, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:


a strong-smelling colourless liquid which is used in the production of various chemicals and is sometimes added to paint to make it more liquid (24 of 30 words, pronunciations)


Encarta Dictionary:

acetone | C3H6[chemical formula]

a colorless flammable liquid with a slightly sweet smell. Use: paint and nail polish solvent, manufacture of organic chemicals (19 of 30 words, pronunciation)

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