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MCAT Question A Day - 2/6/14 - Answer!

Which of the following statements is false?

A.  Basic hydrolysis of fats produces glycerol and salts of fatty acids.
B.  LiAlH4 can reduce carboxylic acids to alcohols.
C.  beta-diacids and beta-ketoacids in the presence of base and heat undergo decarboxylation.
D.  Water is the nucleophilic agent in the basic hydrolysis of esters.

The correct answer is (D). OH2 ion attacks the carbonyl carbon.

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