Wagner rearrangement

noun
Wag·​ner rearrangement | \ ˈvägnə(r)- \
variants: or Wagner-Meerwein rearrangement \ -​ˈmerˌvīn-​ \

Definition of Wagner rearrangement

: a reaction that is applicable especially to organic compounds containing a neopentyl or similar grouping, that is thought to proceed by way of a carbonium ion, and that involves change of the carbon skeleton (as from pinene to bornyl chloride by hydrogen chloride, from neopentyl iodide to tert-amyl acetate by silver acetate, or from methyl-tert-butyl-carbinol to tetramethyl-ethylene by acids) — compare pinacolone

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History and Etymology for Wagner rearrangement

after Georg Wagner 19th century Russian chemist

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“Wagner rearrangement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wagner%20rearrangement. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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