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Answer to Question #53339 in Inorganic Chemistry for manisha

Question #53339
What is reagent? Give example.
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Reagent is a substance or compound which is added to a system in order to bring about a chemical reaction or is added to see if a reaction occurs. For example: Baeyer's reagent is an alkaline solution of potassium permanganate; used in organic chemistry as a qualitative test for the presence of unsaturation, such as double bonds.

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21.07.15, 12:19

Dear manisha,
Though these two terms are used often interchangeably, reactant and reagent are not the same. Reactant is the same as a substrate of chemical reaction involved in product formation. While reagent is considered as additional compound that causes chemical reaction (i.e. catalyst may be considered as reagent) or is used for analytical analysis of the reaction (i.e., Fehling's reagent used for differentiation of  carbohydrate and ketone groups).

manisha
19.07.15, 08:34

thanks for the answer .....so i.e mean reagent and reactant are different please explain with example.

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