Methyl acetate, also known as MeOAc, acetic acid methyl ester or
methyl ethanoate, is a carboxylate. It is a flammable liquid with a
characteristically pleasant smell reminiscent of some glues and
nail polish removers. Methyl acetate is a volatile solvent.
It is therefore used in fast-drying paints and for the
manufacture of celluloid adhesives from waste film. Methyl acetate
is often used in lacquer solutions to lower the viscosity. Methyl
acetate may also be used in perfumery and in dye manufacture. A
major use of methyl acetate is as a volatile low toxicity solvent
in glues, paints, and nail polish removers.