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synthesis gas

noun, Chemistry
any of several gaseous mixtures consisting essentially of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, used in the synthesis of chemical compounds, as ammonia and alcohols.
Origin of synthesis gas
1940-45 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for synthesis gas
  • Today, hydrogen is produced from coal by gasification and the subsequent processing of the resulting synthesis gas.
  • Resulting technologies will operate cleanly and efficiently when fueled with coal-derived hydrogen or synthesis gas.
  • The resulting synthesis gas is the precursor to synthetic fuels.
  • Feeding this synthesis gas into a reactor with a catalyst produces methanol and water vapor.
  • Synthesis of dimethyl ether and alternative fuels in the liquid phase from coal-derived synthesis gas.
British Dictionary definitions for synthesis gas

synthesis gas

noun (chem)
a mixture of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen formerly made by using water gas and reacting it with steam to enrich the proportion of hydrogen for use in the synthesis of ammonia
a similar mixture of gases made by steam reforming natural gas, used for synthesizing organic chemicals and as a fuel
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