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es•ter



Pronunciation: (es'tur), [key]
n. Chem.
a compound produced by the reaction between an acid and an alcohol with the elimination of a molecule of water, as ethyl acetate, C4H8O2, or dimethyl sulfate, C2H6SO4.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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