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define decarboxylation

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Wed January 30, 2013

A carboxylic acid has the formula RCOOH where R can be hydrogen or a hydrocarbon group such as an alkyl group. The hydrocarbon group could equally well be based on a benzene ring.

The sodium salt of a carboxylic acid will have the formula RCOONa.

In decarboxylation, the -COOH or -COONa group is removed and replaced with a hydrogen atom.

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