Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction

noun Be·lo·u·sov–Zha·bo·tin·sky reaction \ˌbe-lə-ˈü-ˌsȯf-zhä-bə-ˈtin-skē-\
variants: less commonly

Belousov–Zhabotinskii reaction

\ˌbe-lə-ˈü-ˌsȯf-zhä-bə-ˈtin-skē-\ play

Definition of Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction


  1. :  any of a class of autocatalytic chemical reactions characterized by the creation of a self-sustaining repeating pattern Chemical computing owes its power to an intriguing but complex piece of chemistry called the Belousov-Zhabotinsky or BZ reaction. — Duncan Graham-Rowe, New Scientist, 26 Mar. 2005 —called also BZ reaction

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Origin and Etymology of belousov–zhabotinsky reaction

after Boris Pavlovich Belousov †1970 and Anatoliĭ Markovich Zhabotinskiĭ †2008 Russian chemists The story of the discovery of the reaction by Belousov (1893-1970) in 1951 and its subsequent re-elaboration and description by Žabotinskij (1938-2008) in the early 1960’s have been detailed in a number of sources in English and Russian, such as A.T. Winfree, “The Prehistory of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Oscillator,” Journal of Chemical Education, vol. 61, no. 8 (August, 1984), pp. 661-63.

First Known Use: 1976

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