from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ring-shaped organic compound consisting of an oxygen atom bonded to two other atoms, usually of carbon, that are already bonded to each other.
  • n. A compound containing such a structure.

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  • n. Any of a class of organic compound, cyclic ethers, having a three-membered ring; they are prepared by the selective oxidation of alkenes or by ring-closure of halohydrins; used to make plastics.


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  • Michele: No. Um, well, ordinarily when you make glue first you need to thermoset your resin and then after it cools you have to mix in an epoxide, which is really just a fancy-schmancy name for any simple oxygenated adhesive, right?

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  • But, the scientist made a BPA-free polycarbonate plastic by using chemicals called imidazoliums and N-heterocyclic carbenes to couple CO2 with "epoxide" molecules to create polycarbonate plastics.


  • CBZ follows first-order, nonsaturable kinetics. 1,2 CBZ is metabolized in the liver to several metabolites, the primary metabolite being CBZ-10,11 epoxide (CBZ-E) .1,2 CBZ-E possesses anticonvulsant activity similar to the parent drug.


  • My body also carries organochlorine pesticides, some with names you may recognize (DDT, Chlordane, Mirex) alongside others that are less familiar (including Hexachlorobenzene, beta-hexachlorocyclohexane, Oxychlordane, t-Nonachlor, Heptachlor epoxide).


  • An example is the biotransformation of vinyl chloride to vinyl chloride epoxide, which covalently binds to DNA and RNA, a step leading to cancer of the liver.


  • The allylic alcohol is oxidised to the epoxide (R) - glycidol using the oxidising agent tertiary butylhydroperoxide in the presence of a catalyst.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2001 - Information for the Public

  • The synthesis of the epoxide (R) - glycidol is shown in figure 7.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2001 - Information for the Public

  • On the other hand, BP and its epoxide can be bound by the nutrient glutathione and thus rendered harmless.

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  • Thus they make larger amounts of the epoxide in their bodies in a shorter time, thus producing a greater concentration of the BP epoxide.

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  • It is the chemical that gets into the body via smoke but then is converted by enzymes called aryl hydrocarbon hydroxylases into a more potent chemical that is the epoxide of BP.

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