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Molisch test

noun Mo·lisch test \ˈmō-lish-\

Medical Definition of Molisch test

  1. :  a test for carbohydrate (as sugar) in which a reddish violet color is formed by reaction with alpha-naphthol in the presence of concentrated sulfuric acid—called also Molisch reaction

Biographical Note for molisch test




(1856–1937), German botanist. Molisch's extensive studies of plants embraced several disciplines: comparative anatomy, morphology, physiology, and microchemistry. He devised his test for carbohydrate in 1886.

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