RHYS LEWIS, AHS, DECD, UNISA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY RHYS LEWIS, AHS, DECD, UNISA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Acetone molecule. Animation of the structure of a molecule of the ketone acetone (C3.H6.O). Atoms are colour-coded spheres: carbon (grey), hydrogen (white) and oxygen (red). Acetone, also called propan-2-one, is the simplest ketone. Ketones are a class of organic compounds that contain a carbonyl group (carbon-oxygen double bond) attached to two other carbon atoms. Acetone is an important laboratory solvent and is widely used in organic synthesis. It is also produced naturally in the human body.
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