Methyl acetone

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1) Common name for an impure mixture that contains about 50% acetone, 30% methyl acetate and 20% methanol. Methyl acetone is used as a solvent for lacquers,and resins as well as a paint and varnish remover.

2) Synonym for methyl ethyl ketone.

Other Properties

Miscible with most hydrocarbon solvents and oils.

Hazards and Safety

Flammable. Dangerous fire risk. Toxic by ingestion.


  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 9
  • Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)

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