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Ethylene oxide is ring opened by hydroxide ion. DANGER: the product can react with more ethylene oxide in a chain reaction. If strong base is added to liquid ethylene oxide there will be a violent explosion. This reaction has been the cause of many industrial accidents!

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Interaction, Reaction, Process defined as:
Functional Group Interconvertion
Substitution: Nucleophilic Second Order

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