|Preferred IUPAC name
3D model (JSmol)
|E number||E265 (preservatives)|
|Molar mass||168.15 g·mol−1|
|Melting point||109 °C; 228 °F; 382 K|
|Boiling point||270 °C; 518 °F; 543 K|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Dehydroacetic acid is an organic compound which has several industrial applications. The compound is classified as a pyrone derivative. It presents as an odorless, colorless to white crystalline powder, almost insoluble in water and moderately soluble in most organic solvents. 
Industrially, dehydroacetic acid has several uses which include the following:
- as a fungicide and bactericide. The sodium salt, sodium dehydroacetate, is often used in place of dehydroacetic acid because of its greater solubility in water.
- as a food preservative to prevent pickle bloating in squash and strawberries. When used as a food additive, dehydroacetic acid is referred to using the International Numbering System for Food Additives or E number 265.
- as a plasticizer in synthetic resins.
- as an antienzyme in toothpastes.
- as a precursor for dimethyl-4-pyridones. The compounds are synthesized when dehydroacetic acid is exposed to aqueous solutions containing primary amines.
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