Cannizzaro reaction

Can·​niz·​za·​ro reaction | \ ¦kanə¦zä(ˌ)rō-, -nət¦sä- \

Definition of Cannizzaro reaction

: a reaction of aldehydes with caustic alkali in which one molecule of aldehyde is reduced to the corresponding alcohol and another molecule is oxidized to the salt of the corresponding acid

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History and Etymology for Cannizzaro reaction

after Stanislao Cannizzaro †1910 Italian chemist

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“Cannizzaro reaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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