Cannizzaro reaction


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Cannizzaro reaction

[kän·it′sär·ō rē′ak·shən]
(organic chemistry)
The reaction in which aldehydes that do not have a hydrogen attached to the carbon adjacent to the carbonyl group, upon encountering strong alkali, readily form an alcohol and an acid salt.
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It is manufactured using formaldehyde and acetaldehyde through the aldol condensation process, which is followed by a crossed Cannizzaro reaction.
This initial formaldehyde should finally form methylene bridges, with only a small amount of formaldehyde forming side products from the Cannizzaro reaction (Walker 1975, p.
In such extracts, the Cannizzaro reaction is inevitable when formaldehyde is added to them (1).