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[hahy-druh-juh-neyt, hahy-droj-uh-] /ˈhaɪ drə dʒəˌneɪt, haɪˈdrɒdʒ ə-/
verb (used with object), hydrogenated, hydrogenating.
to combine or treat with hydrogen, especially to add hydrogen to the molecule of (an unsaturated organic compound).
Also, hydrogenize.
Origin of hydrogenate
First recorded in 1800-10; hydrogen + -ate1
Related forms
hydrogenation, noun Unabridged
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  • It is evidently what the chemists call an "unsaturated" compound, one that has not reached its limit of hydrogenation.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
British Dictionary definitions for hydrogenation


/ˈhaɪdrədʒɪˌneɪt; haɪˈdrɒdʒɪˌneɪt/
to undergo or cause to undergo a reaction with hydrogen: to hydrogenate ethylene
Derived Forms
hydrogenation, hydrogenization, hydrogenisation, noun
hydrogenator, noun
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Word Origin and History for hydrogenation



1809, from hydrogen + -ate (2). Related: Hydrogenated; hydrogenation.

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hydrogenation in Medicine

hydrogenation hy·dro·gen·a·tion (hī'drə-jə-nā'shən, hī-drŏj'ə-)
The addition of hydrogen to a compound, especially to solidify an unsaturated fat or fatty acid.

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hydrogenation in Science
  (hī'drə-jə-nāt', hī-drŏj'ə-nāt')   
  1. To treat or combine chemically an unsaturated compound with hydrogen. Liquid vegetable oils are often hydrogenated to turn them into solids.

  2. To turn coal into oil by combining its carbon with hydrogen to form hydrocarbons.

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