What is acetic acid?
Acetic acid is an organic compound with a molecular formula (CH3COOH) that is one of the most important carboxylic acids.
Other names for this material include ethanoic acid, glacial acetic acid and ethyl acid.
This compound is a colorless liquid with a vinegar-like odor that has a very high corrosive power. Its boiling point is 117.9 C and its melting point is 61.9 C and it is completely mixed in water.
This material is produced both artificially and naturally (by bacteria)
This material is naturally produced from fruits and some spoiled foods from the fermentation process and is one of the known tall acids.
Is diluted by humans. A dilute solution of acetic acid is formed by the fermentation and oxidation of natural carbohydrates called vinegar.
In industry, this material is used in the preparation of metal acetates and in some printing processes.
Vinyl acetate is widely used in plastics, cellulose acetate in photographic and textile films, and volatile organic esters (such as ethyl and butyl acetate) are widely used as solvents for resins, paints, and varnishes.
Biologically, acetic acid is an important biological (metabolic) substance that is naturally present in body fluids and juices.
This material can be oxidized to acetaldehyde by air, oxide by ethanol (ethyl alcohol) and acid by butane and butane in industry.