Butanone, also known as methyl ethyl ketone or MEK, is an organic compound with the formula CH3C(O)CH2CH3. This colorless liquid ketone has a sharp, sweet odor reminiscent ofbutterscotch and acetone. It is produced industrially on a large scale, and also occurs in trace amounts in nature.[2] It is soluble in water and is commonly used as an industrial solvent.[3]

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