Definition of dehydrogenate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdiːˌhʌɪˈdrɒdʒəneɪt/


[with object] Chemistry
Remove a hydrogen atom or atoms from (a compound): (as adjective dehydrogenated) a dehydrogenated analogue of cortisone
More example sentences
  • Alcohol dehydrogenase is an enzyme that takes a hydrogen atom from (dehydrogenates) an alcohol molecule.
  • Addition of ethylene, through a Friedel-Crafts alkylation, to benzene affords ethylbenzene, which can be dehydrogenated to give styrene.
  • Carbon dioxide is formed when formic acid is dehydrogenated.



Pronunciation: /ˌdiːhʌɪˌdrɒdʒəˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • A second dehydrogenation turns acetaldehyde into acetic acid, aka vinegar, which gets digested as usual.
  • The entire process simulation - alcohol dehydrogenation, carbonyl polishing and distillation - was operated continuously for eight weeks.
  • Industrially, they are mainly manufactured as the products of the dehydrogenation, or oxidation, of secondary alcohols.


Mid 19th century: from de- (expressing removal) + hydrogen + -ate3.

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