a reaction whose result is the interchange of two parts of two substances to form two new substances, as AgNO3 + NaCl → AgCl + NaNO3.
- Also called metathesis.
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How to use double decomposition in a sentence
Those of muriate or sulphate of soda change the potash into a soda soap, by double decomposition.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
Under this process ammonium nitrate is produced by the double decomposition of ammonium sulphate and sodium nitrate.America's Munitions 1917-1918 | Benedict Crowell
This enters into double decomposition with the salt, as shown in the first equation under the Solvay process.An Elementary Study of Chemistry | William McPherson
The benzoates may, in general, be easily prepared by either neutralising the acid with the base, or by double decomposition.
The soluble chromates may all be made by direct solution of the base in the acid, or by double decomposition.
British Dictionary definitions for double decomposition
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 3: Also called: metathesis
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