What is the structural formula for acetic acid?


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Chemical Dictionary lists the structural formula for acetic acid as CH3COOH. Its chemical formula is C2H4O2. It is composed of two carbon, four hydrogen and two oxygen atoms.

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Other names for acetic acid include methanecarboxylic acid, ethanoic acid and ethylic acid. It is a clear and colorless liquid that smells like vinegar. Acetic acid is classified as a primary irritant, reproductive effector and mutagen. It is commonly used in pH adjustment, fungicide, herbicide and microbiocide.

Acetic acid has a formula mass of 60.05, a melting point at 16.6 degrees Celsius and a boiling point at 118 degrees Celsius. It has a density of 1.05 grams per cubic centimeter.

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