Definition of carbanion in English:

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Pronunciation: /kärˈbanˌīən/ Pronunciation: /-ˌīˌän/


An organic anion in which the negative charge is located on a carbon atom.
Example sentences
  • As a result, carbonyl compounds can form carbon anions (carbanions) and act as nucleophiles rather than electrophiles.
  • Two important examples of stable carbanions are the cyanide anion (NC -) and the metalocenes.
  • They react with water and alcohols in what are essentially acid-base reactions, as if they contained a carbanion; they will also remove protons that are much less acidic than those of water and alcohols.

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Syllabification: car·ban·i·on

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