diazomethane

noun di·azo·methane \(ˈ)dī¦a(ˌ)zō, -ā(ˌ)zō+\

Definition of diazomethane

  1. :  a yellow odorless poisonous explosive gaseous compound CH2N2 used chiefly as a methylating agent (as for converting organic acids into their methyl esters) and in converting organic acids into the next higher homologues

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of diazomethane

International Scientific Vocabulary diaz- + methane


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up diazomethane? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a trip made at another's expense

Get Word of the Day daily email!