Etymology
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acetate (n.)

by 1790 in a translation of Fourcroy, "salt formed by combining acetic acid with a base," from Latin acetum "vinegar" (see acetic) + chemical suffix -ate (3). As a type of synthetic material, it is attested from 1920, short for acetate silk (1912), etc.

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Definitions of acetate

acetate (n.)
a salt or ester of acetic acid;
Synonyms: ethanoate
acetate (n.)
a fabric made from fibers of cellulose acetate;
Synonyms: acetate rayon
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