Definition of dehydrogenate in English:

dehydrogenate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Chemistry
  • Remove a hydrogen atom or atoms from (a compound).

    • ‘Scientists found more dehydrogenates in Chinese livers than westerners through studies of intoxicated people from various countries.’
    • ‘Alcohol dehydrogenase is an enzyme that takes a hydrogen atom from (dehydrogenates) an alcohol molecule.’
    • ‘Addition of ethylene, through a Friedel-Crafts alkylation, to benzene affords ethylbenzene, which can be dehydrogenated to give styrene.’
    • ‘Carbon dioxide is formed when formic acid is dehydrogenated.’
    • ‘Because lignins are complex polymers, and no standard composition can be defined, calculations were based on end products being the dehydrogenated residues of the three main monolignols.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from de- (expressing removal) + hydrogen + -ate.

Pronunciation

dehydrogenate

/dēˌhīˈdräjənāt//diˌhaɪˈdrɑdʒəneɪt/