Acetone (CAS 67-64-1) is also known as propan-2-one, dimethyl ketone, propanone, ketone propane, among many other lesser used names, and has the chemical configuration (CH3)2CO. Acetone is the simplest ketone. It is often used as a solvent, primarily as a cleaning agent in laboratories, as it is miscible in water and dries quickly. The most common household uses is its role as the active ingredient in nail polish remover and paint thinner, and it is also seen as a degreasing agent in the wool industry, as well as a solvent in lacquer formulations.

Acetone has been determined to be a safe indirect food additive in adhesives and food-contact coatings. It is a clear, colorless liquid that is flammable and should be handled with care.

Acetone is used:

  • As a solvent for cleaning solutions, particularly in laboratory settings.
  • As an additive in lacquer finishes.
  • As the active ingredient in household products such as finger nail polish remover and paint thinners.
  • In the textile industry for degreasing wool and degumming silk.

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Synonyms for Acetone: Propanone, Ketone Propane, Propan-2 One, Dimethyl Ketone

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