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Meaning of acetal

ac•e•tal

Pronunciation: (as'i-tal"), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. Also calleda colorless, volatile, sparingly water-soluble liquid, CHO, having a nutlike aftertaste, obtained from acetaldehyde and ethyl alcohol: used chiefly as a solvent and in the manufacture of perfumes.
  2. any of a class of compounds of aldehydes with alcohols.
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