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əˈsi tɪk, əˈsɛt ɪkacetic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aceticadjective

    relating to or containing acetic acid


  1. aceticadjective

    Of, pertaining to, or producing vinegar

  2. aceticadjective

    Of or pertaining to acetic acid or its derivatives

  3. Etymology: From acétique, from acetum, from acere.


  1. acetic

    Acetic acid , systematically named ethanoic acid , is an acidic, colourless liquid and organic compound with the chemical formula CH3COOH (also written as CH3CO2H, C2H4O2, or HC2H3O2). Vinegar is at least 4% acetic acid by volume, making acetic acid the main component of vinegar apart from water and other trace elements. Acetic acid is the second simplest carboxylic acid (after formic acid). It is an important chemical reagent and industrial chemical, used primarily in the production of cellulose acetate for photographic film, polyvinyl acetate for wood glue, and synthetic fibres and fabrics. In households, diluted acetic acid is often used in descaling agents. In the food industry, acetic acid is controlled by the food additive code E260 as an acidity regulator and as a condiment. In biochemistry, the acetyl group, derived from acetic acid, is fundamental to all forms of life. When bound to coenzyme A, it is central to the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. The global demand for acetic acid is about 6.5 million metric tons per year (t/a), of which approximately 1.5 t/a is met by recycling; the remainder is manufactured from methanol. Vinegar is mostly dilute acetic acid, often produced by fermentation and subsequent oxidation of ethanol.


  1. acetic

    Acetic refers to anything related to acetic acid, a colorless organic compound best known for giving vinegar its distinctive sour taste and pungent smell. It is often used as a key ingredient in various chemical reactions and processes, including the production of various medicines, photographic films, and plastics.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aceticadjective

    of a pertaining to vinegar; producing vinegar; producing vinegar; as, acetic fermentation

  2. Aceticadjective

    pertaining to, containing, or derived from, acetyl, as acetic ether, acetic acid. The latter is the acid to which the sour taste of vinegar is due

  3. Etymology: [L. acetum vinegar, fr. acere to be sour.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Acetic

    as-et′ik, adj. of the nature of vinegar: sour—also Acē′tous, Acetose′.—n. Aces′cence, a tendency to sourness.—adj. Aces′cent.—n. Ac′etate, salt of acetic acid which is the sour principle in vinegar. [L. acetum, vinegar—ac-ēre, to be sour.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acetic in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acetic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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