Benedicts solution Solution used in Benedicts test

for glucose; the qualitative solution contains 0.07 M copper sulphate, 0.67 M sodium citrate and 0.94 M sodium carbonate. The quantitative solution differs slightly, having 0.072 M copper sulphate, 0.7 M sodium carbonate, 1.29 M potassium thiocyanate and a very small amount of potassium ferrocyanide.

Benedict's test Test for glucose and other reducing dis-accharides, involving the oxidation of the sugar by an alkaline copper sulphate solution (Benedict's solution), in the presence of sodium citrate, to give a deep red copper (I) oxide precipitate. Used in urine testing for diabetes.

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