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Definition of "electrophilic" [electrophilic]

  • Of, or relating to an electrophile; electron deficient (adjective)

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Use "electrophilic" in a sentence
  • "This leads to a dramatic increase in electrophilic reactivity."
  • "Thus benzyl alcohol may be classified either as an alcohol, or as an aromatic benzene derivative, since it participates in the characteristic reactions of the latter, such as electrophilic aromatic substitution or hydrogenation of the benzene ring."
  • "If a molecule is electron-deficient, it becomes electron-hungry, or electrophilic, and can now be looked upon as an oxidizing agent."