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ac·e·to·a·ce·tic acid(ăs′ĭ-tō-ə-sē′tĭk, ə-sē′tō-)
An organic acid, C4H6O3, that is one of the ketone bodies that accumulate in the blood and urine when fat is being metabolized.
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a•ce•to•a•ce′tic ac′id(əˌsi toʊ əˈsi tɪk, -əˈsɛt ɪk, ˌæs ɪ toʊ-)
a colorless, oily liquid, C4H6O3, soluble in water, alcohol, and ether: used in synthetic organic chemistry.
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|Noun||1.||acetoacetic acid - 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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