Hofmann reaction

noun

Hof·​mann reaction
variants or Hofmann rearrangement
ˈhä|fmən-,
ˈhȯ|,
ˈhō|
: the conversion of an acid amide RCONH2 to an amine RNH2 with one less carbon atom by treatment with sodium hypobromite

Word History

Etymology

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 19 Jul. 2024.

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