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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

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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 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 previewEncyclopedia of Food and Color Additives (1997)

by George A. Burdock

2073 Acetoacetic acid ethyl esler, 942 ...

Google previewConcise Medical Dictionary (2015)

by Elizabeth Martin

The 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 (2008)

by John Daintith

acetoacetic acid acetoacetic ester acetone acetonechlorhaemin test (Wagenaar test) acetonitrile acetophenone acetylacetonato acetylating agent acetylation acetyl chloride acetylcholine acetyl coenzymeA(acetyl CoA) acetylene acetylenes ...

Google previewBailliere's Midwives' Dictionary E-Book (2017)

by Denise Tiran

acetoacetic acid abnormal fat metabolism product; occurs in diabetic and dehydrated mothers. acetone by- product of ...

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 previewRÖMPP Encyclopedia Natural Products, 1st Edition, 2000 (2014)

by Burkhard Fugmann, Susanne Lang-Fugmann, Wolfgang Steglich

aromatic ring and through various other intermediates to fumaric acid and acetoacetic acid; the latter compound can then enter the citric acid cycle. In cases of a congenital deficiency of H. dioxygenase there is a high excretion rate of H. in ...

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