Knoevenagel reaction

noun

Knoe·​ve·​na·​gel reaction
kəˈnə(r)vəˌnāgəl-,
kəˈnə̄v-
variants or Knoevenagel condensation
: an aldol-type condensation catalyzed by amines that takes place between an aldehyde or ketone and a compound containing an active methylene group (as in esters of acetoacetic acid, malonic acid, or cyanoacetic acid)

Word History

Etymology

after Emil Knoevenagel †1921 German chemist

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“Knoevenagel reaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Knoevenagel%20reaction. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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