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Millon's reagent

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noun Mil·lon's reagent \ mē-ˈlōnz- \
variants: or Millon reagent play \mē-ˈlōn-\

medical Definition of Millon's reagent

:a solution that is usually made by dissolving mercury in concentrated nitric acid and diluting with water and that when heated with phenolic compounds gives a red coloration used as a test especially for tyrosine and proteins containing tyrosine

Biographical Note for millon's reagent

  • Millon \mē-lōⁿ\, Auguste–Nicolas–Eugène (1812–1867), French chemist and physician. Millon devoted his career to the military, first as a surgeon and then as a chemist. In 1848 he demonstrated that urea could be quantitatively analyzed, and in 1849 he formulated the solution now known as Millon's reagent.

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