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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The peroxide undergoes homolytic cleavage to form two alkoxy radicals.
The rate determining step in this three step reaction is always the homolytic cleavage of the peroxide molecule.
Homolytic cleavage (free-radical mechanism) is the breakage of a single bond (two electrons) leaving one of the electrons on each of the fragments.