|1.||any organic compound containing the group -CHO. Aldehydes are oxidized to carboxylic acids and take part in many addition reactions|
|2.||(modifier) consisting of, containing, or concerned with the group -CHO: aldehyde group or radical|
|[C19: from New Latin al(cohol) dehyd(rogenātum) dehydrogenated alcohol]|
|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
aldehyde al·de·hyde (āl'də-hīd')
Any of a class of reactive organic chemical compounds obtained by oxidation of primary alcohols, characterized by the common group CHO, and used in the manufacture of resins, dyes, and organic acids.
|aldehyde (āl'də-hīd') Pronunciation Key
Any of a class of highly reactive organic compounds obtained by oxidation of certain alcohols and containing the group CHO. Aldehydes are used in manufacturing resins, dyes, and organic acids.