sodium amide

noun

: a crystalline compound NaNH2 that decomposes explosively in contact with water, that is usually made by passing ammonia through molten sodium, and that is used chiefly in making sodium cyanide and in organic synthesis as a strongly basic condensing agent (as in the preparation of indoxyl for making indigo)

called also sodamide

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“Sodium amide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodium%20amide. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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