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ozonolysis

Pronunciation: o'zo-nol'i-sis

Definition: The splitting of a double bond in a hydrocarbon chain on treatment with ozone, with the formation of two carbon-containing structures, typically two aldehydes (an ozonide is the unstable intermediate); has been used to determine the structure of unsaturated fatty acids.

[ozone + G. lysis, dissolution]

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