hydrazine

[ hahy-druh-zeen ]
/ ˈhaɪ drəˌzin /
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noun

Also called diamine. a colorless, oily, fuming liquid, N2H4, that is a weak base in solution and forms a large number of salts resembling ammonium salts: used chiefly as a reducing agent and a jet-propulsion fuel.
a class of substances derived by replacing one or more hydrogen atoms in hydrazine by an organic group.

Origin of hydrazine

First recorded in 1885–90; hydr-2 + az- + -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for hydrazine

hydrazine

/ (ˈhaɪdrəˌziːn, -zɪn) /

noun

a colourless basic liquid made from sodium hypochlorite and ammonia: a strong reducing agent, used chiefly as a rocket fuel. Formula: N 2 H 4

Word Origin for hydrazine

C19: from hydro- + azo- + -ine ²
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Science definitions for hydrazine

hydrazine

[ hīdrə-zēn′, -zĭn ]

A colorless, fuming, corrosive liquid with an odor like ammonia that is a powerful reducing agent. It can be combined with organic compounds to form jet and rocket fuels and is also used to make explosives, fungicides, medicines, and photographic chemicals. Chemical formula: N2H4.

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