Definition of Clemmensen reduction
: the reduction of a ketone or aldehyde directly to a hydrocarbon by the action of amalgamated zinc and hydrochloric acid
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Origin and Etymology of clemmensen reduction
after Erik Clemmensen †1941 Danish chemist
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