Grignard-reagent meaning

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Any of a class of reagents with the general formula RMgX, in which R is an organic radical, esp. an alkyl or aryl, and X is a halogen: these reagents react with a great variety of compounds and are used in the synthesis of organic compounds.
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(chemistry) An alkyl or aryl magnesium halide, used in the Grignard reaction to form substituted alcohols; they are formed from alkyl or aryl halides and metallic magnesium.
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Origin of grignard-reagent

  • Named for François Auguste Victor Grignard, a Nobel Prize-winning French chemist.

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