Williamson synthesis


Definition of Williamson synthesis

: a method of synthesizing ethers by reaction of a sodium alkoxide with a halogen derivative of a hydrocarbon (as an alkyl halide) ethyl cellulose is made by the Williamson synthesis

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History and Etymology for Williamson synthesis

after Alexander W. Williamson †1904

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“Williamson synthesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Williamson%20synthesis. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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