Definition of Prins reaction in US English:

Prins reaction

noun

Chemistry
  • An addition reaction between an alkene and an aldehyde in the presence of an acid catalyst, yielding a 1,3-diol, an allyl alcohol, or a 1,3-dioxan, depending on the particular reactants and conditions used.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From the name of Hendrik J. Prins, Dutch chemist, who described the reaction in Chem. Weekblad 14 932 and subsequent papers published in 1919 and 1920 + reaction.

Pronunciation

Prins reaction

/ˈprɪns rɪˌakʃn/