acetylene (n.)

gaseous hydrocarbon, by 1862, from French acétylène, coined 1860 by French chemist Pierre Eugène Marcellin Berthelot (1827-1907) from chemical ending -ene + acetyl, which was coined from acetic + -yl in 1839 by German chemist Justus von Liebig. Liebig's coinage was in reference to a different radical; acetyl was transferred to its current sense in 1850s, but Berthelot's coinage was based on the original use of acetyl.