Wolff-Kishner reaction

Wolff-Kish·​ner reaction | \ ˈwu̇lfˈkishnə(r)- \

Definition of Wolff-Kishner reaction

: an indirect reduction of an aldehyde or ketone to the corresponding hydrocarbon by heating the hydrazone or semicarbazone derivative with an alcoholic solution of sodium ethoxide or with solid potassium hydroxide

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History and Etymology for Wolff-Kishner reaction

after Ludwig Wolff fl1914 and N. Kishner fl1914 German chemists

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“Wolff-Kishner reaction.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wolff-Kishner%20reaction. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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