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'synthetic intermediate'

Definition of 'synthetic intermediate'
From: GCIDE
Intermediate \In`ter*me"di*ate\, n.
1. A person who intermediates between others, especially in negotiations; an intermediary; a mediator. [PJC]
2. Something that is intermediate. [PJC]
3. Specifically: (Chem.) A compound which is produced in the course of a chemical synthesis, which is not itself the final product, but is used in further reactions which produce the final product; also called {synthetic intermediate}, intermediate compound or {intermediate product}; -- contrasted to starting material and {end product} or final product. There may be many different intermediates between the starting material and end product in the course of a complex synthesis; as, many industrial chemicals are produced primarily to be used as intermediates in other syntheses.
Note: The term has the same meaning with respect to intermediate compounds produced in a biosynthetic pathway in living organisms. [PJC]
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