Acetone is a clear and colourless flammable liquid with a strong "fruity" odour. It is miscible with water and organic solvents. The physical properties of acetone such as high evaporation rate and low viscosity make it suitable for use as a solvent.
Acetone is used mainly as a solvent and intermediate in chemical production. Major uses are in the production of methyl methacrylate, methacrylic acid and higher methacrylates, bisphenol A, methyl isobutyl ketone, drug and pharmaceutical applications, and as a solvent for coatings and for cellulose acetate. There are also food uses as an extraction solvent for fats and oils, and as a precipitation agent in sugar and starch purification.