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Ethyl trifluoroacetoacetate is used as an intermediate in synthetic chemistry. It is also used as an intermediate for agro chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Further, it is used in the preparation of fluorinated 2-thiouracil analogs as antithyroid agents.
For discussion of factors influencing O- vs C-alkylation, see: J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 83 (1989).
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Hazard Statements: H226-H302
Flammable liquid and vapour. Harmful if swallowed.
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