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Aspirin is an acetylation product of:

AIPMT 1998

A
p-Dihydroxybenzene
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m-Hydroxybenzoic acid
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C
o-Hydroxybenzoic acid
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D
o-Dihydroxybenzene
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Solution

The correct option is C o-Hydroxybenzoic acid
Aspirin (Acetyl salicylic acid) is obtained by heating salicylic acid (o-hydroxy benzoic acid) with excess of acetic anhydride. A small amount of a strong acid is used as a catalyst which speeds up the reaction.


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