Glacial Acetic Acid

John E. Fox altabios at bham.ac.uk
Thu Jun 9 04:45:57 EST 1994


In article <2t6kv1$e6q at lyra.csx.cam.ac.uk>, njw at mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk (White Nick) says:
>
>Hello,
>
>No one  our lab knows why glacial acetis acid is called "glacial". If
>anyone could enlighten us we would be very grateful and I may even
>win a beer!
>
>Thanks
>
>nick
>
>             Nick J .White, Haematological Medicine,
>             Cambridge University, MRC Centre, Hills Road, Cambridge,
>             Cambs. CB2 2QH  United Kingdom.
>    
>             Internet  njw at al.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk
>             Telephone +44 223 330561
>             Fax       +44 223 336837
>                                                   


Dear Nick,

	This is for your pint. Glacial acetic has a fairly high melting point, 16.6C to
be precise. So on a cold day it will freeze and look like ice, hence 'glacial'. 



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