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In the presence of a small amount of phosphorous, aliphatic carboxylic acids react with chlorine or bromine to yield a compound in which α - hydrogen  has been replaced by halogen. This reaction is known as: 
  1. Etard reaction 
  2. Hell-Volhard_Zelinsky reaction 
  3. Rosenmund reaction 
  4. Wolff-Kishner reaction 


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The correct option is B Hell-Volhard_Zelinsky reaction 
The Hell–Volhard–Zelinsky halogenation reaction halogenates carboxylic acids at the α carbon.

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