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Addition reaction

An addition reaction, in chemistry, is in its simplest terms an organic reaction where two or more molecules combine to form a larger one.

There are two main types of polar addition reactions:

Other non-polar addition reactions exists as well:

Addition reactions are limited to chemical compounds that have multiply-bonded atoms:

An addition reaction is the opposite of an elimination reaction. For instance the hydration reaction of an alkene and the dehydration of an alcohol are addition-elimination pairs.

Addition-elimination reaction

In the related Addition-elimination reaction an addition reaction is followed by an elimination reaction. In the majority of reactions it involves addition of nucleophiles to carbonyl compounds in what is called nucleophilic acyl substitution [1].

Other addition-elimination reactions are:

See also


  1. ^ Reaction-Map of Organic Chemistry Murov, Steven. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 1224 Abstract
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