Diels–Alder reaction

noun Diels–Al·der reaction \ˈdēlˈsäldə(r)-\

Definition of Diels–Alder reaction

  1. :  an addition reaction in which a diene unites with the double or triple bond of an unsaturated compound to form a 6-membered ring (as in tetrahydro-phthalic anhydride)

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Origin and Etymology of diels–alder reaction

after Otto Diels †1954 & Kurt Alder †1958 German chemists


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