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Acetic Acid, Glacial

In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.


Ph. Eur.

ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Food additive (e number)

Gynecological antiinfective and antiseptic


Otological antiinfective

Pediculocide: Removal of nits, in combination with other agents

Pharmaceutic aid: Acidifiant agent

Treatment of warts

Chemical Names

Acetic acid (IUPAC)

Acide éthanoïque (DCF)

Ethanoic Acid

Glacial Acetic Acid contains not less than 99.5 percent and not more than 100.5 percent, by weight, of C₂H₄O₂ (USP)

Methanecarboxylic acid

Foreign Names

  • Acidum aceticum glaciale (Latin)
  • Essigsäure 99% (German)
  • Acide acétique glacial (French)
  • Ácido acético glacial (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Glacial Acetic Acid (OS: JAN)
  • Acetyl hydroxide (IS)
  • Acide éthanoïque glacial (IS)
  • AcOH (IS)
  • E 260 (IS)
  • Eisessig (IS)
  • Ethylic acid (IS)
  • HAc (IS)
  • Hydrogen acetate (IS)
  • UNII-Q40Q9N063P (IS)
  • Water-free acetic acid (IS)
  • Acetic acid, glacial (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Acidum aceticum glaciale (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Essigsäure 99% (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Glacial Acetic Acid (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, USP 38)

Brand Names


DCFDénomination Commune Française
IUPACInternational Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Ph. Eur.European Pharmacopoeia
USPPharmacopoeia of the United States

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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