What is a dehydration reaction?

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Reactions that produce  acid anhydrides  are dehydration reactions. For example: acetic acid (CH3COOH) forms acetic anhydride ((CH3CO)2O) and water by the dehydration reaction

2 CH3COOH → (CH3CO)2O + H2O

Dehydration reactions are also involved in the production of many polymers.

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