Substances are said to act as reducing agents, when, for example, oxygen is removed in some degree from an oxide by combination with hydrogen or carbon. Redlead is thus reduced to metallic lead by strongly heating it upon a piece of charcoal. Reduction can be effected by the addition of hydrogen to an organic compound by the action of sodium amalgam. The manufacture of aniline is carried out by a reducing action.

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