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Ascaridole is a natural organic compound classified as a bicyclic monoterpene that has an unusual bridging peroxide functional group. It is the primary constituent of the oil of chenopodium or Mexican Tea (Chenopodium ambrosioides).
Additional recommended knowledge
It is a colorless liquid that is soluble in most organic solvents. Like other low molecular weight organic peroxides, it is unstable and prone to explosion when heated or treated with organic acids.
Ascaridole has been used as an anthelmintic for controlling nematodes.
Ascaridole was the first and for a long time only disovered peroxide. The structure was resolved by Otto Wallach in 1912, but the first synthesis was done by Karl Ziegler in 1944. The synthesis started from α-Terpinene which reacts with oxygen under the influence of chlorophyl and light. Under these conditions singlet oxygen is generated which is reacting in a Diels-Alder reaction with the dien system in the Terpinene.
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