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EDAC chemical structure.

The dehydration chemical 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide is a reagent most often used to activate carboxylic acids for subsequent coupling with either alcohols or primary amines to form esters or amides. It is a carbodiimide type of reagent that is often abbreviated as EDAC, EDC or EDCI.