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A reducer, more commonly referred to as reducing agent or reductant. is an element or compound that loses (or "donates") an electron to another chemical species in a redox chemical reaction. Since the reducing agent is losing electrons, it is said to have been oxidized.


Reducing agents are called electron donors, and participate in electron-transfer reactions.

In organic chemistry, reduction more specifically refers to the addition of hydrogen to a molecule, process also referred to as hydrogenation.

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