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aldehyde

[ al-duh-hahyd ]
/ ˈæl dəˌhaɪd /
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noun Chemistry.
any of a class of organic compounds containing the group −CHO, which yields acids when oxidized and alcohols when reduced.
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Origin of aldehyde

1840–50; <New Latin al(cohol) dehyd(rogenātum) dehydrogenated alcohol

OTHER WORDS FROM aldehyde

al·de·hy·dic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for aldehyde

aldehyde
/ (ˈældɪˌhaɪd) /

noun
any organic compound containing the group -CHO. Aldehydes are oxidized to carboxylic acids and take part in many addition reactions
(modifier) consisting of, containing, or concerned with the group -CHOaldehyde group or radical

Derived forms of aldehyde

aldehydic (ˌældəˈhɪdɪk), adjective

Word Origin for aldehyde

C19: from New Latin al (cohol) dehyd (rogenātum) dehydrogenated alcohol
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Scientific definitions for aldehyde

aldehyde
[ ăldə-hīd′ ]

Any of a class of highly reactive organic compounds obtained by oxidation of certain alcohols and containing the group CHO. Aldehydes are used in manufacturing resins, dyes, and organic acids.
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