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pyroligneous acid(pī'rəlĭg`nēəs), a dark liquid that is essentially a mixture of acetic acidacetic acid
, CH3CO2H, colorless liquid that has a characteristic pungent odor, boils at 118°C;, and is miscible with water in all proportions; it is a weak organic carboxylic acid (see carboxyl group). Glacial acetic acid is concentrated, 99.
..... Click the link for more information. and methanolmethanol,
or wood alcohol,
CH3OH, a colorless, flammable liquid that is miscible with water in all proportions. Methanol is a monohydric alcohol. It melts at −97.8°C; and boils at 67°C;.
..... Click the link for more information. (wood alcohol) and is obtained in the destructive distillation of wood. It once served as a commercial source of acetic acid.
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pyroligneous acid[¦pī·rō′lig·nē·əs ′as·əd]
An impure acetic acid derived from destructive distillation of wood or pine tar. Also known as pyracetic acid; wood vinegar.
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