Acetic acid





Ethanoic acid is a very important organic compound in the day to day lives of humans. Some of the important uses of acetic acid are listed below.

  • Acetic acid is used as an antiseptic due to its antibacterial qualities
  • The manufacture of rayon fibre involves the use of ethanoic acid.
  • Medically, acetic acid has been employed to treat cancer by its direct injection into the tumour.
  • Being the major constituent of vinegar, it finds use in the pickling of many vegetables.
  • The manufacture of rubber involves the use of ethanoic acid. It is also used in the manufacture of various perfumes.
  • It is widely used in the production of VAM (vinyl acetate monomer).
  • When two molecules of acetic acid undergo a condensation reaction together, the product formed is acetic anhydride.




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