Wed February 22, 2012 By: K Sudhakar

what is the difference between stereospecific and stereoselective ?

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Wed February 22, 2012
Stereoselective Reaction: A reaction in which there is a choice of pathway, but the product stereoisomer is formed due to its reaction pathway being more favorable than the others available.
Stereospecific Reaction: A reaction in which the stereochemistry of the reactant completely determines the stereochemistry of the product without any other option.
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