Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless, flammable liquid, C2H4O, used to manufacture acetic acid, perfumes, and drugs. Also called aldehyde.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An organic compound (CH3CHO). Sometimes called ethanal or acetic aldehyde. See aldehyde.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Acetic aldehyde. See aldehyde.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The aldehyde CH3CHO, formed by the oxidation of common or ethyl alcohol. It boils at 21° C., and has a disagreeable penetrating odor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a colorless volatile water-soluble liquid aldehyde used chiefly in the manufacture of acetic acid and perfumes and drugs

Etymologies

From acetic + aldehyde. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is a dangerous combination because the mixing of these two entities causes the conversion of alcohol to acetaldehyde, which is poisonous and can land the patient in the hospital.

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  • It turns out that when the fruits are deprived of oxygen, they shift their metabolism in a way that results in the accumulation of an alcohol derivative called acetaldehyde, and this substance binds with tannins in the cells, thus preempting them from binding to our tongues.

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  • A by-product of this complex metabolic process is a toxin called acetaldehyde.

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  • In its attempts to clear this chemical from the body, the liver creates a substance called acetaldehyde.

    DR. SANJIV CHOPRA’S LIVER BOOK

  • The final conversion is carried out by a natural enzyme called acetaldehyde dehydrogenase.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • Ethanol has also been used to produce acetaldehyde, which is a precursor for acetic acid, acetic anhydride, butanol,

    1 Production and Use

  • If heavy drinking is a cause of stomach cancer, it may be related to one of the metabolic byproducts of alcohol -- called acetaldehyde.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • A 2009 study in the U.K. concluded that acetaldehyde, which is present in both marijuana and tobacco smoke, can cause DNA damage "with the possibility to initiate cancer development."

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  • Alcohol is converted into a chemical called acetaldehyde inside the body which may cause cancerous changes to cells, Dr Moffat explained.

    THE MEDICAL NEWS

  • But other hangover symptoms were probably caused by a chemical called acetaldehyde, produced in the liver as an intermediate step in the metabolism of ethanol.

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