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From Biology-Online Dictionary | Biology-Online Dictionary
The process in which the alkyl group is added or substituted from one molecule to another.
The alkyl group may be transferred as an alkyl carbonation, a free radical, etc., as in the reaction of alkenes with alkanes to make high-octane fuels.
Alkylation is also used in chemotherapy to kill the cancer cells by damaging DNA.
See also: alkylating agent