acetylene

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See also: acétylène

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From French acétylène, coined by French chemist Marcellin Berthelot, from acetyl.

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  • IPA(key): /ə ˈsɛt əl ˌin/
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acetylene (countable and uncountable, plural acetylenes)

  1. (organic chemistry, countable) Any organic compound having one or more carbon–carbon triple bonds; an alkyne.
  2. (organic chemistry, uncountable) Ethyne; the simplest alkyne, a hydrocarbon of formula HC≡CH. It is a colourless gas, with a peculiar, unpleasant odour, formerly used as an illuminating gas, but now used in welding or metallurgy.
Chemical Structure of Acetylene

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