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Esterification

The process of converting an acid into an alkyl or aryl derivative. Most frequently the process consists of the reaction of an acid with an alcohol in the presence of a trace of mineral acid as catalyst or the reaction of an acyl chloride with an alcohol. Esterification can also be accomplished by enzymatic processes.

Year introduced: 1991(1976)

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Tree Number(s): G02.111.270, G02.607.250, G03.344

MeSH Unique ID: D004951

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  • Esterifications

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