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Acetone, or Di-methyl-Ketone, the first of a series of organic compounds known as the Ketones. It is usually prepared by the dry distillation of acetates, but may also be obtained by the destructive distillation of many organic substances, and is one of the by-products in the manufacture of acetic acid from wood. Acetone is a colourless, limpid, and very flammable liquid, which mixes in all proportion with water, alcohol, and ether, and is a solvent for camphor, fats, and resins.