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  • An esterification is a reaction that converts an oxoacid or a hydroxoacid into an ester. The most common esterification reactions in organic chemistry are those of carboxylic acids.


    R= H, alkyl, aryl
    R′= alkyl, aryl


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    eg. 2:



    eg. 3:



    see also Fischer esterification, diazomethane