- nounany of three liquid acetates that are formed when acetic acid and glycerin are heated together
* * *\\ˈasətən, -əd.ə̇n, -ətə̇n\ noun (-s)Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary acet- + -in: any of three liquid acetates formed when glycerol and acetic acid are heated together:a. : the monoacetate C3H5(OH)2C2H3O2 used chiefly in the manufacture of explosives — called also monoacetinb. : the diacetate C3H5(OH)(C2H3O2)2 used chiefly as a plasticizer and solvent — called also diacetinc. : the triacetate C3H5(C2H3O2)3 used chiefly as a plasticizer and solvent and as a fixative in perfumes — called also triacetin
* * */as"i tin/, n. Chem.a colorless, thick, hygroscopic liquid, C5H10O4: used chiefly in the manufacture of explosives. Also called glyceryl monoacetate, monacetin, monoacetin.[1870-75; ACET- + -IN2]
* * *acetin Chem.(ˈæsɪtɪn)Acetic glycerin; class name of a series of thick oily liquids, formed (by Berthelot) by the action of acetic acid upon glycerin; they consist of glycerin C3H5(OH)3 in which one, two, or all the three hydrogen atoms are replaced by the radical acetyl C2H3O, the result being mono-, di-, or tri-acetin; the formula of the last is C3H5(OC2H3O)3.Roscoe Elem. Chem. xxxvi. 386. Watts Fownes' Chem. II. 285.
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