Schiff base

\ ˈshif- How to pronounce Schiff base (audio) \
variants: also Schiff's base

Medical Definition of Schiff base

: any of a class of bases of the general formula RR′C=NR″ that are obtained typically by condensation of an aldehyde or ketone with a primary amine (as aniline) with elimination of water, that usually polymerize readily if made from aliphatic aldehydes, and that are used chiefly as intermediates in organic synthesis and in some cases as dyes

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“Schiff base.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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