Wohl degradation

variants: or Wohl reaction \ ¦vōl-​ \

Definition of Wohl degradation

: a sequence of reactions for converting an aldose sugar to one containing one carbon atom less (as galactose to lyxose) by forming the oxime of the original aldose and next the corresponding acetylated nitrile and finally removing hydrogen and cyanogen in the form of hydrogen cyanide by means of ammoniacal silver hydroxide

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History and Etymology for Wohl degradation

after Alfred Wohl, flourished 1920 German chemist

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“Wohl degradation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wohl%20degradation. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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