Hofmann rearrangement

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Named after its discoverer, August Wilhelm von Hofmann.

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Hofmann rearrangement (plural Hofmann rearrangements)

  1. (chemistry) The organic reaction of a primary amide to a primary amine with one carbon atom less. It involves oxidation of the nitrogen followed by rearrangement of the carbonyl and nitrogen to give an isocyanate intermediate.
    Synonym: Hofmann degradation

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