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What is the scientific name for vinegar?

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Vinegar is known by the scientific name dilute acetic acid. Acetic acid typically composes between 4 and 18 percent of vinegar. Other names for acetic acid are ethanoic acid, hydrogen acetate and methanecarboxylic acid. It may be abbreviated as AcOH.

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The chemical formula for dilute acetic acid is CH3COOH. The acid is produced through a fermentation reaction between ethanol and acetic acid bacteria. Using fast production methods, this process can be completed in a period ranging from 20 hours to three days. Table vinegar has a concentration of acetic acid on the lower end of the range, while packaged products, such as pickles, have a higher concentration.

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