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Definition of "ketone" []

  • Any of a class of organic compounds, such as acetone, having a carbonyl group linked to a carbon atom in each of two hydrocarbon radicals and having the general formula R(CO)Rˌ, where R may be the same as Rˌ. (noun)

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Use "ketone" in a sentence
  • "These reactions are caused by enzymes, air or moulds (so - called ketone rancidity)."
  • "_ [Greek: b] _-digallic acid by heating ethyl gallate with pyroracemic acid and sulphuric acid and proposed the so-called ketone-tannin formula: --"
  • "In ketosis, the body starts breaking down whatever it can get its hands on - starting with fat, but moving on to proteins in muscle and organs - and creating byproducts called ketone bodies that will eventually reach toxic levels."