Hofmann reaction

Hofmann reaction

[′häf·mən rē‚ak·shən]
(organic chemistry)
A reaction in which amides are degraded by treatment with bromine and alkali (caustic soda) to amines containing one less carbon; used commercially in the production of nylon.
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