(as-et f -il-en) [acetum, vinegar], C 2 H 2 .
A colorless gas, with a characteristic, un- pleasant odor, burning with a luminous, smoky flame. It is formed by the imperfect combustion of illuminating gas and other hydrocarbons.. The acetylene series of hy- drocarbons has the general formula C n H 2n _ 2 .
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