double decomposition


noun Chemistry.

a reaction whose result is the interchange of two parts of two substances to form two new substances, as AgNO3 + NaCl → AgCl + NaNO3.

Nearby words

  1. double crown,
  2. double cup,
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  7. double density,
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  9. double dip,
  10. double dresser

Origin of double decomposition

First recorded in 1865–70

Also called metathesis.

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British Dictionary definitions for double decomposition

double decomposition

noun

a chemical reaction between two compounds that results in the interchange of one part of each to form two different compounds, as in AgNO 3 + KI → AgI + KNO 3Also called: metathesis
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