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acetic acid

Pronunciation: a-sē′tik as′id

Definition: A product of the oxidation of ethanol and of the destructive distillation of wood; used locally as a counterirritant and occasionally internally, and also as a reagent; contained in vinegars.

Synonym(s): ethanoic acid

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