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double decomposition Syllabification: dou·ble de·com·po·si·tion

Definition of double decomposition in English:


Another term for metathesis (sense 2).
Example sentences
  • The diazonium group can also be replaced by halogen, cyano, or pseudohalogen groups or atoms in a double decomposition reaction called Sandmeyer's reaction.
  • His analysis led him to the conclusion that in, for example, a double decomposition of a salt, the proportions of the products was provided by the proportions of the reagents.
  • This can be obtained in small quantities by adding citric acid to silver nitrate, but more easily by double decomposition of a soluble citrate and silver nitrate.
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