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The bombardier beetle defends itself by spraying a hot

Organic Chemistry | 8th Edition | ISBN: 9780321768414 | Authors: L.G. Wade Jr ISBN: 9780321768414 33

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Problem 41P

The bombardier beetle defends itself by spraying a hot quinone solution from its abdomen (see photo). This solution is formed by the enzyme-catalyzed oxidation of hydroquinone by hydrogen peroxide. Write a balanced equation for this oxidation.

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Solution 41P

When threatened, the bombardier beetle mixes hydroquinone and H2O2 with enzymes. Hydrogen peroxide oxidizes hydroquinone to quinone and the strongly exothermic reaction heats the solution to boiling. The hot, irritating liquid...

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Chapter 17, Problem 41P is Solved
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Textbook: Organic Chemistry
Edition: 8
Author: L.G. Wade Jr
ISBN: 9780321768414

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