Markovnikov rule

Mar·​kov·​ni·​kov rule | \ märˈkȯvnəˌkȯf- \

Definition of Markovnikov rule

: a statement in chemistry: in the addition of compounds to olefins the negative portion of the compound added (as the bromine in hydrogen bromide) becomes attached to the least hydrogenated end of the carbon-carbon double bond (as in the addition of hydrogen bromide to propylene: CH3CH=CH2+HBr→CH3CHBrCH3)

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History and Etymology for Markovnikov rule

after Vladimir V. Markovnikov †1904 Russian chemist

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“Markovnikov rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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