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ethanoic anhydride


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A pungent-smelling colourless liquid, (CH3CO)2O, b.p. 139.5°C. It is used in organic synthesis as an ethanoylating agent (attacking an –OH or –NH group) and in the manufacture of aspirin and cellulose plastics. It hydrolyses in water to give ethanoic acid.

Subjects: Chemistry.


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