The active principle of vinegar, which contains from 3 to 5 per cent. It is readily prepared by the oxidation of ordinary alcohol and the fermentation of alcoholic liquids by a minute organism. It is also extracted from the products of the dry distillation of wood. Pure acetic acid is a crystalline body of sp. gr. 1 055 which melts at 167 degrees 0., boils at 118 degrees C., and is soluble in water and alcohol. What is known as the “quick process

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