aldehyde

noun
al·​de·​hyde | \ ˈal-də-ˌhīd How to pronounce aldehyde (audio) \

Definition of aldehyde

: acetaldehyde broadly : any of a class of highly reactive organic compounds that are analogous to acetaldehyde and characterized by a carbonyl group attached to a hydrogen atom

Other Words from aldehyde

aldehydic \ ˌal-​də-​ˈhī-​dik How to pronounce aldehyde (audio) \ adjective

Examples of aldehyde in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most critical was the addition of a particular musk and a particular aldehyde, which in combination would, in principle, generate a fresh, peppery note. Scott Sayare, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 All three are aldehydes, which are responsible for lots of odors. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 16 Apr. 2020 And some cotton candy and bubble gum flavors contained aldehydes, a class of chemicals that can cause airway constriction. Emily Baumgaertner, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Oct. 2019 And some cotton candy and bubble gum flavors contained aldehydes, a class of chemicals that can cause airway constriction. Emily Baumgaertner, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2019 The aerosol contains potentially harmful chemicals, including nicotine, heavy metals, aldehydes, glycerin, and flavoring substances, researchers said. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2019 In this first study, the focus was on recognizing a group of chemicals, called aldehydes, that are often associated with fragrances but also human stress conditions and illnesses. Andrea Soltoggio, Smithsonian, 12 June 2018 These organic compounds, called aldehydes, are found in citrus fruit rinds, as well as in off-the-shelf perfumes, including Chanel No. Kevin Schafer, National Geographic, 25 May 2018 The chief ones were from a class of chemicals called aldehydes, including heptanal, octanal, and nonanal. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of aldehyde

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aldehyde

German Aldehyd, from New Latin al. dehyd., abbreviation of alcohol dehydrogenatum dehydrogenated alcohol

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“Aldehyde.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aldehyde. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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aldehyde

noun
al·​de·​hyde | \ ˈal-də-ˌhīd How to pronounce aldehyde (audio) \

Medical Definition of aldehyde

: acetaldehyde broadly : any of various highly reactive compounds typified by acetaldehyde and characterized by the group CHO

Other Words from aldehyde

aldehydic \ ˌal-​də-​ˈhīd-​ik How to pronounce aldehyde (audio) \ adjective

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