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(of a molecule or group) having a tendency to attract or acquire electrons.Often contrasted with nucleophilic
- ‘Methyl lithium is very reactive and acts as a nucleophilic methylating reagent to electrophilic functional groups, such as ketones.’
- ‘Addition reactions of electrophilic reagents to the alkene double bond (yielding substituted alkenes) are the most typical.’
- ‘Ozone is a strong electrophilic reagent which can attack the double bond found in alkenes.’
- ‘In the mining industry, the production of TNT is made possible by the electrophilic nitration of toluene (methyl benzene).’
- ‘Halogenation occurs readily with aniline by electrophilic aromatic substitution.’
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