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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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).
This was followed by a stepwise addition of a 50 percent sodium hydroxide solution and moderate heating to effect the chemical addition of formaldehyde to the phenolic ring while incurring a minimal formaldehyde loss due to the Cannizzaro reaction [3].