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Aspirin can be prepared by reacting 2-hydroxy benzoic acid (salicylic acid) with acetyl chloride (ethanoyl chloride).

However, the reaction proceeds rather better if acetic anhydride (ethanoic anhydride) is used. The reason is that a second mol of acid chloride can react with the carboxylic acid function to form a mixed benzoic/ethanoic acid anhydride.

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Salicylic acid     Reactions Using    Reactions Forming
Acetyl chloride     Reactions Using    Reactions Forming
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Hydrogen chloride     Reactions Using    Reactions Forming

Interaction, Reaction, Process defined as:
British A-Level Chemistry: A2
Substitution: Addition-followed-by Elimination
Substitution: Nucleophilic @ Acyl-Nfg

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