Definition of ethanoic acid in US English:

ethanoic acid


  • systematic chemical name for acetic acid
    • ‘Further oxidation yields ethanoic acid (also called acetic acid), a carboxylic acid.’
    • ‘Two thirds of gluten protein is in the form of glutenins, which are insoluble in ethyl alcohol but soluble in a mixture of ethanoic acid, urea, and cetrimide.’
    • ‘It must be stressed that while all carbohydrates fit this formula not all organic compounds which fit this formula are carbohydrates, for example ethanoic acid is classified as an acid, not a carbohydrate.’
    • ‘A solution of ethanoic acid is commonly used for this purpose.’
    • ‘Ether can be oxidized by nitric acid to produce ethanoic acid.’


ethanoic acid

/ˌeTHəˌnō-ik ˈasid/