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Dealkylation

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Definition

noun, plural: dealkylations

The removing of alkyl groups from a compound, mainly for altering chemical reactions in organic chemistry.


Supplement

This is done by using various oxides, specifically in oxidative dealkylation. This process is used in various clinical and commercial applications such as in DNA and RNA repair.


Word origin: from Latin dē- (from, off, apart, away, down, out, completely) + alkylation.