reductone

noun re·duc·tone \-kˌtōn\

Definition of reductone

plural

-s

  1. :  any of a class of reducing enediol aldehydes or ketones RC(OH)=C(OH)COR; especially :  a crystalline osone HOCH2COCHO or a tautomer [as HOCH=C(OH)CHO] that is a strong reducing agent in alkaline solution and is obtained from glucose by alkaline degradation or from dihydroxy-acetone by oxidation; hydroxy-pyruvaldehyde ascorbic acids … may be considered as reductones — W. W. Pigman & R. M. Goepp †1946

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Origin and Etymology of reductone

reduction + -one


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