Definition of Reformatsky in English:

Reformatsky

(also Reformatskij, Reformatski, Reformatskii)

noun

Chemistry
  • Attributive and (occasionally) in the genitive. Designating a class of condensation reactions in which an α-halogenated acid or ester, forming an organometallic intermediate with zinc, reacts with an aldehyde or ketone to form a β-hydroxy ester; (also) designating a product, intermediate, etc., of such a reaction. Chiefly in "Reformatsky reaction".

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Journal of the American Chemical Society. From the name of Sergej Nikolaevič Reformatskij, Russian chemist (also transliterated Reformatski, Reformatskii, Reformatsky), who first described the reaction.

Pronunciation

Reformatsky

/rɛfəˈmatski/