noun Biochemistry.

  1. a nonflammable liquid, C5H8O2, soluble in water and alcohol, toxic and an irritant, used for tanning leather and as a fixative for samples to be examined under the electron microscope.


  1. a water-soluble oil used as a disinfectant, tanning agent, and in resins. Formula: C 5 H 8 O 2

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