a compound formed by removing water from a more complex compound: an oxide of a nonmetal (acid anhydride) or a metal (basic anhydride) that forms an acid or a base, respectively, when united with water.
a compound from which water has been abstracted.
a compound that has been formed from another compound by dehydration
a compound that forms an acid or base when added to water
Also called acid anhydride, acyl anhydride. any organic compound containing the group -CO.O.CO- formed by removal of one water molecule from two carboxyl groups