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3,3',5,5'-Tetramethylbiphenyl is used as a precursor for the preparation of 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylenebiphenyl tetraanion. It is also used to prepare biphenyl-3,3',5,5'-tetracarboxylic acid by the oxidation of with potassium permanganate.
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