Definition of disproportionation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdɪsprəpɔːʃəˈneɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun] Chemistry
A reaction in which a substance is simultaneously oxidized and reduced, giving two different products.
Example sentences
  • Reactions in which atoms of the same element are both oxidized and reduced are disproportionation reactions.
  • Three categories that encompass all these different redox reactions are atom transfer redox reactions, electron transfer reactions, and disproportionation reactions.
  • This complex can lead to the formation of uncolored and colored dimers and/or revert back to the monomers in their ground state by disproportionation of the semiquinone radical.

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