BZ reaction


: belousov-zhabotinsky reaction
Rotating spirals—and some other interesting patterns—can be observed in a beautiful chemistry experiment … . It is known as the Belousov-Zhabotinskii reaction, or BZ reaction for short—usually pronounced 'beezee' in the American style.Ian Stewart, The Magical Maze, 1999

Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of BZ reaction was in 1985

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“BZ reaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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