Any of five acetates of glycerol, which are thick oily liquids used as solvents and plasticizers; specifically = monoacetin . Compare also "diacetin", "triacetin".
Glycerol may undergo substitution of one, two, or all of its alcoholic hydrogen atoms, giving two possible monoacetates, two diacetates, and one triacetate.
acetin/əˈsiːtɪn/ /əˈsɛtɪn/ /ˈasɪtɪn/
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Quarterly Journal of the Chemical Society. From French acétine from acét- (in acétique) + -ine, after glycérine.