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A synthon is a concept in retrosynthetic analysis. It is defined as a structural unit within a molecule which is related to a possible synthetic operation. The term was coined by E.J. Corey. It is noted  that the phrase does not feature very prominently in Corey's book, The Logic of Chemical Synthesis, as it is not included in the index.
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The synthesis of phenylacetic acid determined by retrosynthetic analysis is thus:
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