Medical Term:

Cannizzaro reaction

Pronunciation: kahn-i-tsah′rō

Definition: formation of an acid and an alcohol by the simultaneous oxidation of one aldehyde molecule and reduction of another; a dismutation: 2RCHO → RCOOH + RCH2OH; when the aldehydes are not identical, this is referred to as a crossed Cannizzaro reaction.

[Stanislao Cannizzaro]

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