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Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) can be synthesized by combining salicylic acid and acetic acid through a condensation rea...


Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) can be synthesized by combining salicylic acid and acetic acid through a condensation reaction. The −OH−OH group from phenol on the salicylic acid condenses with the carboxylic acid group of acetic acid forming acetylsalicylic acid. Draw the structure of acetylsalicylic acid.

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Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) can be synthesized by combining salicylic acid and acetic acid through a condensation reaction. The −OH group from phenol on the salicylic acid condenses with the carboxylic acid group of acetic acid-forming acetylsalicylic acid.

The structure of salicylic acid  and acetic acid are as follows:

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The condensation reaction takes place as :

Chemistry homework question answer, step 2, image 1

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