Definition of reducing agent in English:

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reducing agent

noun

Chemistry
A substance that tends to bring about reduction by being oxidized and losing electrons.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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Syllabification: re·duc·ing a·gent

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