Definition of acetic anhydride in English:

acetic anhydride

noun

Chemistry
  • [mass noun] The anhydride of acetic acid, a colourless pungent liquid used in making synthetic fibres.

    • ‘Following additional washes with PBT, the slides were treated for 10 min with acetic anhydride and triethanolamine-HCl to reduce background.’
    • ‘Opium is turned into heroin through a refining process that requires the application of acetic anhydride, a chemical agent manufactured in Europe, Mexico and the US.’
    • ‘Nitration with nitric acid alone, or in combination with acetic acid, acetic anhydride, or sulfuric acid, are common examples of adding nitro functional groups to aromatic hydrocarbons.’
    • ‘Thailand has vowed to control the movement of chemicals used in the production of amphetamines and heroin, including acetic anhydride and chloroform.’
    • ‘Second, the alkaloid is refluxed with acetic anhydride for about five hours.’