acetylene: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-set'l-ēn", -in), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a colorless gas, CH, having an etherlike odor, produced usually by the action of water on calcium carbide or by pyrolysis of natural gas: used esp. in metal cutting and welding, as an illuminant, and in organic synthesis. Also called
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