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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 25, 2024.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Acetone (propanone) is a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid. In the body, extremely small amounts are found in normal urine, but larger quantities occur in the urine and blood of people with diabetes, sometimes imparting a fruity odor to the urine and breath. Acetone is one of the ketone bodies, and is used as a solvent in many pharmaceutical and commercial preparations. Acetone is an organic compound with the formula (CH3)2CO. In medicine, dermatologists use acetone with alcohol for skin treatments for acne. In cosmetics, acetone is a primary component of nail polish remover.

List of medications using Acetone

Further information

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