Origin of hydrogenate
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hydrogenize or hydrogenise
- to undergo or cause to undergo a reaction with hydrogento hydrogenate ethylene
Word Origin and History for hydrogenate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To treat or combine chemically an unsaturated compound with hydrogen. Liquid vegetable oils are often hydrogenated to turn them into solids.
- To turn coal into oil by combining its carbon with hydrogen to form hydrocarbons.
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