Definitions for keteneˈki tin
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a colorless poisonous gas, C2H2O, used chiefly in the manufacture of acetic anhydride and aspirin.
Origin of ketene:
< G Keten (1905); see ketone, -ene
any of a class of unsaturated ketones, having a general formula RRC=C=O, that react as if they were inner acid anhydrides
the parent compound of this class, CH=C=O, an unstable, reactive colourless gas
A ketene is an organic compound of the form R'R''C=C=O. The term is also used specifically to mean ethenone, the simplest ketene, where R' and R'' are hydrogen atoms. Ketenes were first studied as a class by Hermann Staudinger.
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