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Acetone (CH3COCH3), colorless, flammable chemical used in industry as a solvent. Because of its ability to dissolve cellulose, it is used to manufacture synthetic fibers. It is also used to make compounds. Acetone is found in large amounts in the blood and urine of diabetics. It is prepared commercially by removing the hydrogen from isopropyl alcohol or by fermenting starch.

See also: Acetylene.

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