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Elimination

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  • An elimination is a reaction in which an organic compound loses two ligands without gaining any.

    eg. 1:

     

     

     

    net reaction:

     

     

    In this reaction, 1 loses two ligands, H and Br, without gaining any. Therefore, this reaction is an elimination reaction.

    eg. 2:

     

     

    net reaction:

     

     

    In this reaction, 2 loses two ligands, H and Cl, without gaining any.  Therefore, this reaction is an elimination reaction.

    Overall, elimination is the exact opposite of addition.

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    see also 1,1-elimination, 1,2-elimination