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Meaning of ACETYLENE

Pronunciation:  u'set`leen

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a colorless flammable gas used chiefly in welding and in organic synthesis

ACETYLENE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: alkyne, ethyne
 See Also: aliphatic compound, oxyacetylene



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*cet"y*lene\, n. (Chem.)
A gaseous compound of carbon and hydrogen, in the proportion
of two atoms of the former to two of the latter. It is a
colorless gas, with a peculiar, unpleasant odor, and is
produced for use as an illuminating gas in a number of ways,
but chiefly by the action of water on calcium carbide. Its
light is very brilliant. --Watts.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: An organic molecule containing carbon and hydrogen atoms in straight or branched chains, where at least one carbon-carbon bond is a triple bond. One of three major classes of aliphatic hydrocarbons.