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1. A colorless, flammable, volatile liquid, C6H14O2, used in perfumes and as a solvent.
2. Any of the class of compounds formed by combination of an aldehyde with two equivalent weights of alcohol.

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1. (Elements & Compounds) 1,1-diethoxyethane; a colourless volatile liquid used as a solvent and in perfumes. Formula: CH3CH(OC2H5)2
2. (Elements & Compounds) any organic compound containing the group -CH(OR1)OR2, where R1 and R2 are other organic groups
[C19: from German Azetal, from aceto- + alcohol]
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(ˈæs ɪˌtæl)

1. a colorless liquid, C6H14O2, used chiefly as a solvent and in making perfume.
2. any of a class of compounds of aldehydes with alcohols.
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Noun1.acetal - any organic compound formed by adding alcohol molecules to aldehyde moleculesacetal - any organic compound formed by adding alcohol molecules to aldehyde molecules
organic compound - any compound of carbon and another element or a radical
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The chemicals, called acetals, appeared from the flavored liquid after it interacted with alcohols used in vapes to add nicotine and flavors.A
A new low-emission acetal for automotive and non-automotive gears is said to outperform high-viscosity acetals.
Aardalloy 3300 is a medium viscosity, high heat, homopolymer acetal alloyed with elastomers and modifiers that greatly increase impact strength and elongation compared to unfilled acetals.
In butyl rubber, cyclic acetals are also remarkably more effective than PPDs.
Methods by which poly(vinyl acetals) may be produced from poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH) tend to vary primarily as to the solvent used (1-3).
Aardalloy 3300 POM is a medium-viscosity, high-heat homopolymer acetal alloyed with elastomers and modifiers that increase impact strength and elongation versus unfilled acetals.
Acetals were known at the laboratory level as far back as the 1920s, but it took until the mid-1950s to solve the problems associated with the thermal stability of the material.
For parts that must withstand higher temperatures or more aggressive chemicals than standard nylons and acetals can, DuPont offers two new Zytel HTN highperformance PPA-based polyamide resins.
A new North American compounder claims to offer the industry's first acetals for rotomolding.
Deirin "Decorating Solutions" overcome past limitations experienced in the decoration of acetals through the ability of its Deirin acetal resins to accept painting, printing, plating, foil stamping, and in-mold decoration, says DuPont.
Said to be the first acetal developed specifically for commercial meltblown nonwoven fabrics, Celcon acetal copolymer grade FG40U01 is designed to exceed conventional acetals in the ability to provide greater stability in extrusion on both older and the most up-to-date equipment, especially equipment for processing polypropylene (PP).
Carrier resins match end-user resins and include PE, PP, PS, ABS, PVC, SAN, nylon, acrylic, acetals, PUR, K-resin, EVA, propionate, butyrate, and elastomers.