Definition of epoxide in English:

epoxide

noun

Chemistry
  • An organic compound whose molecule contains a three-membered ring involving an oxygen atom and two carbon atoms.

    • ‘They are either reduced by glutathione peroxidases to unreactive fatty acid alcohols or they react with metals to produce epoxides, aldehydes, etc.’
    • ‘The process produces such key industrial chemicals as ethylene oxide, the simplest epoxide.’
    • ‘Originally epoxides were named as oxides of alkenes.’
    • ‘The lipid hydroperoxide thus formed will decompose into alkoxy radicals, aldehydes, alkenes, epoxides and alcohols.’
    • ‘It was suggested that the formation of the epoxides was due to the reactivity of singlet oxygen with double bonds.’

Origin

1930s: from epi- ‘in addition’+ oxide.

Pronunciation:

epoxide

/ɪˈpɒksʌɪd/