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Meaning of Friedel-Crafts reaction

Frie•del'-Crafts' reac"tion

Pronunciation: (frē-del'krafts', -kräfts'), [key]
  1. a reaction for the synthesis of hydrocarbons and ketones by the alkylation or acylation of an aromatic compound in the presence of a catalyst, typically anhydrous aluminum chloride.
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