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Acetoacetic acid

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Definition of the noun acetoacetic acid

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  1. unstable acid found in abnormal amounts in the blood and urine in some cases of impaired metabolism (as diabetes mellitus or starvation)
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic terms: acetone body / ketone body = a ketone that is an intermediate product of the breakdown of fats in the body

Alternative definition of the noun acetoacetic acid


  1. [organic compound] The ketonic carboxylic acid CH3-CO-CH2-COOH, that is present in the urine of people suffering from starvation or some forms of diabetes


Acetoacetic acid is the organic compound with the formula CHCOCHCOOH. It is the simplest beta-keto acid group and like other members of this class is unstable. The methyl and ethyl esters, which are quite stable, are produced on a large scale industrially as precursors to dyes.

  • also known as 3-Oxo-butanoic acid, 3-Oxobutyrate, 3-Oxobutyric acid, 3-Oxo-butanoate, Oxobutyrate, alpha-Ketobutyrate, Acetoacetate, 3-Ketobutyrate, diacetate, diacetic acid

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acetoacetic acid

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Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health (2003)

by Robert A. Ronzio

Acetoacetic acid is a useful fuel; it is readily oxidized by the heart and brain for the production of ATP, the energy currency of cells. Though small amounts of ketone bodies are normally produced by liver metabolism, an excessive buildup of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food and Color Additives (1997)

by George A. Burdock

2073 Acetoacetic acid ethyl esler, 942 ...

Google previewPharmaceutical Manufacturing Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (2013)

by William Andrew Publishing

1083-57-4 Trade Name Manufacturer Country Year Introduced Bucetin ZYF Pharm Chemical - - Raw Materials Acetoacetic acid p-phenetidide Nickel on kiesel-guhr Nickel Raney Aluminum amalgam Manufacturing Process Bucetin may be ...

Google previewNutrition and Diet Therapy Reference Dictionary (2012)

by Rosalinda T. Lagua, Virginia S. Claudio

Acetoacetic acid. Monobasic ketone acid formed in the course of normal fatty acid catabolism and oxidized further to acetic acid, which is utilized in various metabolic reactions. It accumulates in the blood when fatty acids are incompletely ...

Google previewLivestock Health Encyclopedia (2013)

by Rudolph Seiden, Richard R. Dykstra, W. James Gough

ACETOACETIC ACID (a-see-to-a-seetic) or diacetic acid, a derivative of ACETIC ACID, is a colorless liquid. This KETONE BODY is derived from BETAHYDROXYBUTYRIC ACID and, if present in the system in greater - than - normal amounts, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Applied Chemistry (1912)

by Edward Thorpe

Acetoacetic acid appears in the urine of diabetic patients, and indicates defective oxidation. Its detection and estimation have been the subject of much controversy and investi ation. Arnold (Chem. Zentr. 1899, ii. 146) ma es use of a colour ...

Google previewConcise Medical Dictionary (2015)

by Elizabeth Martin

The acetoacetic acid.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food and Health (2015)

-CH2-CO-S-CoA Hydoxymethylglutyryl-CoA HMG-CoA lyase CH3-CO-S-CoA CH3-CO-CH2- COOH Acetoacetic acid CH3-CH(OH)-CH2-COOH HBDH CH3-CO-CH2-COOH Acetoacetic acid ...

Google previewLotus Illustrated Dictionary of Organic Chemistry (2004)

by Terry Hills

acetoacetic acid CH3COCH,COOH, a colourless liquid miscible with water; derived from 3-hydroxybutyric acid in the body. Also known as acetoacetanilide; 0(-acetylacetani- lide; (J-ketobutyranilide. acetoin CH,COCHOHCH3, a colourless ...

Google previewSaunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary (2011)

by Virginia P. Studdert, Clive C. Gay, Douglas C. Blood

see acetoacetic acid. acetoacetic acid[ -se′′to- -se'tik] CH 3 COCH 2 COOH, one of the ketone bodies formed inthebody in metabolism of certain substances, particularly ...

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary of Chemistry (1987)

by D. Brynn Hibbert, A.M. James

acetoacetic acid (3- oxobutanoic acid). See OXOCARBOXYLIC ACIDS. acetoacetic ester. See ETHYL 3-OxOBUTANOATE. acetogenins. ETHANOIC ACID in the form of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Chemistry (2016)

by Richard Rennie, Jonathan Law

acetoacetic acid See 3-oxobUTANOIC ACID.

Google previewBailliere's Midwives' Dictionary (2012)

by Denise Tiran

ketones acetone, acetoacetic acid and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Science (2010)

by Elizabeth A. Martin

acetoacetic acid See3-oxoEUTANoIc ACID. test) A *presumptive test for blood in which a small ...

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