Definition of epoxide in English:


Line breaks: ep|ox¦ide
Pronunciation: /ɪˈpɒksʌɪd


  • An organic compound whose molecule contains a three-membered ring involving an oxygen atom and two carbon atoms.
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    • The process produces such key industrial chemicals as ethylene oxide, the simplest epoxide.
    • The lipid hydroperoxide thus formed will decompose into alkoxy radicals, aldehydes, alkenes, epoxides and alcohols.
    • Originally epoxides were named as oxides of alkenes.


1930s: from epi- 'in addition' + oxide.

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