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A transformation involving fusion of a new ring to a molecule via two new bonds. Some authors use the term 'annelation' for the fusion of an additional ring to an already existing one, and 'annulation' for the formation of a ring from one or several acyclic precursors, but this distinction is not made generally.
See also: cyclization
PAC, 1994, 66, 1077 (Glossary of terms used in physical organic chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 1083
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A.Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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