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Subject - Organic Chemistry

Competing reactions are also called parallel reactions, concurrent reactions or simultaneous reactions.

A competing reaction is the type of a complex chemical reaction in which two or more starting materials compete with other starting materials to give in addition to the main products other, frequently undesired side products.

A+BP1+P2-main productsA+CP3-side product 1A+DP4-side product 2

Other competing reactions are the simultaneous attack of a reactant at two or more positions of another starting material and the simultaneous degradation of a starting material to various products.