A substance that tends to bring about reduction by being oxidized and losing electrons.
- Lithium aluminum hydride is an important reducing agent in organic chemistry.
- It can react either as an oxidant or a reducing agent, is a very good nucleophile, and is a base that can be protonated.
- In the case of making iron in a blast furnace, the carbon is added as coke, which is converted into carbon monoxide - the actual reducing agent.
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: re|du¦cing agent
Definition of reducing agent in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.