Definition of epoxide in English:


Syllabification: ep·ox·ide
Pronunciation: /eˈpäkˌsīd


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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