Acetic acid, also known as ethanoic acid, is an organic chemical compound best recognized for giving vinegar its sour taste and pungent smell. It is one of the simplest carboxylic acids and has the chemical formula CH3COOH.
It has a role as a protic solvent, a food acidity regulator, an antimicrobial food preservative and a Daphnia magna metabolite. It is a conjugate acid of an acetate.
- Acetic acid is a simple monocarboxylic acid containing two carbons.
- Acetic acid, as a weak acid, can inhibit carbohydrate metabolism resulting in subsequent death of the organism.
- Acetic acid, glacial appears as a clear colorless liquid with a strong odor of vinegar.
- Used to make other chemicals, as a food additive, and in petroleum production.
- it is mainly produced as a precursor to polyvinyl acetate and cellulose acetate.
- This acid is an important chemical reagent and industrial chemical useful for the production of various synthetic fibers and other polymeric materials.