Definition of Wurtz reaction
: a synthesis of aliphatic hydrocarbons (as butane) from two molecules of an alkyl halide (as ethyl iodide) and two atoms of sodium
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Origin and Etymology of wurtz reaction
after Charles A. Wurtz †1884
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