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Cyanohydrin:

Cyanide reacts with aldehydes and ketones, forming cyanohydrins. The cyano group reacts in acid to form a carboxylic acid. This will give us an alpha-hydroxycarboxylic acid.

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Aldehydes & Ketones: Reaction Mechanisms
Aldehydes & Ketones: Reaction Mechanisms

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