an organic chemical compound containing the carbonyl group, CO, in combination with two hydrocarbon radicals
Origin of ketoneGerman keton, arbitrary variant, variety of French acétone: see acetone
- Any of a class of organic compounds, such as acetone, characterized by having a carbonyl group in which the carbon atom is bonded to two other hydrocarbon groups and having the general formula R(CO)R′, where R may be the same as R′.
- See ketone body.
Origin of ketoneGerman Keton shortening and alteration of Aceton acetone Latin acētum vinegar ; see acetum . German -on n. suff. ( alteration of -en ) ( from Greek -ēnē )