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Benzilic Acid Rearrangement - Named Organic Reaction

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Benzilic Acid Rearrangement
This is the general form of the benzilic acid rearrangement reaction.

This is the general form of the benzilic acid rearrangement reaction.

Todd Helmenstine
The benzilic acid Rearrangement reaction rearranges a 1,2-diketone into an α-hydroxycarboxylic acid in the presence of a strong base.

Cyclic diketones will contract the ring by the benzilic acid rearrangement.

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