Definitions for keteneˈki tin

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ke•teneˈki tin(n.)

  1. a colorless poisonous gas, C2H2O, used chiefly in the manufacture of acetic anhydride and aspirin.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of ketene:

< G Keten (1905); see ketone, -ene


  1. ketene(Noun)

    any of a class of unsaturated ketones, having a general formula RRC=C=O, that react as if they were inner acid anhydrides

  2. ketene(Noun)

    the parent compound of this class, CH=C=O, an unstable, reactive colourless gas


  1. Ketene

    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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