homolytic cleavage


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homolytic cleavage

[¦häm·ə‚lid·ik ′klēv·ij]
(organic chemistry)
The breaking of a single (two-electron) bond in which one electron remains on each of the atoms. Also known as free-radical reaction; homolysis.
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Thus, long-chain radicals were generated because of homolytic cleavage, as shown in the case of polymer solutions (11).
This type of bond breaking is known as homolytic cleavage, since the two electrons involved in the bond are separated.
Homolytic cleavage (free-radical mechanism) is the breakage of a single bond (two electrons) leaving one of the electrons on each of the fragments.