Liebermann-Burchard reaction

Lie·​ber·​mann-Bur·​chard reaction | \ ˈlēbərmənˈbu̇(ə)rˌkärt- \

Definition of Liebermann-Burchard reaction

: a test for unsaturated steroids (as cholesterol) and triterpenes based on the formation of a series of colors (as pink to blue to green) with acetic anhydride in the presence of concentrated sulfuric acid

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History and Etymology for Liebermann-Burchard reaction

after Karl T. Liebermann †1914 German chemist and H. Burchard, 19th century German chemist

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“Liebermann-Burchard reaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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