Mesityl-oxide meaning

mĕs'ĭ-tĭl
A colorless oily liquid ketone, C6 H10 O, having a honey-like odor, obtained from acetones and used as a solvent and in lacquers, paints, and varnishes.
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(chemistry) An α,β-unsaturated ketone, a colourless volatile liquid with a strong peppermint odour.
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Origin of mesityl-oxide

  • Greek mesītēs mediator (from its use as an intermediate in organic synthesis) (from mesos middle meso–) –yl
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition