Benedict's solution

noun Ben·e·dict's solution \ ˈbe-nə-ˌdik(t)s- \

Definition of Benedict's solution

:a blue solution containing a carbonate, citrate, and sulfate which yields a red, yellow, or orange precipitate upon warming with a sugar (such as glucose) that is a reducing agent

Origin and Etymology of benedict's solution

Stanley Rossiter Benedict †1936 American chemist


Medical Dictionary

Benedict's solution

noun Ben·e·dict's solution \ ˈben-ə-ˌdik(t)(s)- \

medical Definition of Benedict's solution

:a blue solution that contains sodium carbonate, sodium citrate, and copper sulfate CuSO4 and is used to test for reducing sugars in Benedict's test

Biographical Note for benedict's solution

  • Benedict play \ˈben-ə-ˌdikt\, Stanley Rossiter (1884–1936), American chemist. Benedict's major contribution was in analytical biochemistry. His precise techniques for analyzing such biological materials as blood and urine made possible new discoveries in the body's chemistry. He explored the significance of his findings both to normal metabolism and to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. In 1909 Benedict presented a new method for the detection of reducing sugars. It is an improvement and modification of the classical test for sugar in the urine using Fehling's solution.

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