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ethyl lactate[¦eth·əl ′lak‚tāt]
CH3CHOHCOOC2H5 A colorless liquid that boils at 154°C, has a mild odor, and is miscible with water and organic solvents such as alcohols, ketones, esters, and hydrocarbons; used as a flavoring and as a solvent for cellulose compounds such as nitrocellulose, cellulose acetate, and cellulose ethers. Also known as ethyl-2-hydroxypropionate.
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