Twitchell reagent

noun

Definition of Twitchell reagent

: any of various sulfonated products used as catalysts in the Twitchell process: such as
a : a sulfonic acid made by condensing oleic acid with naphthalene in the presence of sulfuric acid
b : a sulfonated petroleum product

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