disproportionation

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disproportionation

[dis-pruh-pawr-shuh-ney-shuhn, -pohr-]
noun Chemistry.
the simultaneous oxidation and reduction of a substance reacting with itself, thereby forming two dissimilar molecules, as 2C 2 H 4 →C 2 H 6 +C 2 H 2 .

Origin:
1925–30; disproportion + -ation

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disproportionation (ˌdɪsprəˌpɔːʃəˈneɪʃən)
 
n
a reaction between two identical molecules in which one is reduced and the other oxidized

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The observation of propane and pentanes suggests that disproportionation also occurred.
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