diazomethane

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diazomethane ‎(countable and uncountable, plural diazomethanes)

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  1. (organic chemistry) the simplest diazo compound, CH2=N+=N-; a toxic, yellow, explosive gas; used in analytical chemistry to convert carboxylic acids into their methyl esters for analysis via gas-liquid chromatography