Ac"e*tone (#), n. [See Acetic.] Chem.
A volatile liquid consisting of three parts of carbon, six of hydrogen, and one of oxygen; pyroacetic spirit, -- obtained by the distillation of certain acetates, or by the destructive distillation of citric acid, starch, sugar, or gum, with quicklime.
⇒ The term in also applied to a number of bodies of similar constitution, more frequently called ketones. See Ketone.
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