Hofmann reaction

Hof·​mann reaction
variants: or Hofmann rearrangement \ ˈhä|fmən-​ , ˈhȯ| , ˈhō| \

Definition of Hofmann reaction

: the conversion of an acid amide RCONH2 to an amine RNH2 with one less carbon atom by treatment with sodium hypobromite

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History and Etymology for Hofmann reaction

after August Wilhelm von Hofmann †1892 German chemist

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“Hofmann reaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hofmann%20reaction. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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