Kol·be reaction | \ ˈkōlbə-\
variants: or Kolbe synthesis
Definition of Kolbe reaction
1 : the synthesis of a hydrocarbon (as ethane) by the electrolysis of a salt (as sodium acetate)
2 : the synthesis of salicylic acid by heating a mixture of sodium phenoxide and carbon dioxide under pressure at 180° to 200° C
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