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Benzylic Radical

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    A benzylic radical is a resonance-stabilized radical in each of the two equally stable major resonance forms of which the unpaired electron is on a benzylic carbon.

    eg:

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    The lightest benzylic radical 1 is called the benzyl radical.

    benzylicradical2.png

    see also primary benzylic radical, secondary benzylic radical, tertiary benzylic radical


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