Oxidative Substitution

An oxidative substitution is a substitution in which a ligand in an organic compound is replaced by a metal atom that is oxidized (see oxidation) during the reaction.

eg:



In this substitution, iodine atom in methyl iodide is replaced by a metal, namely, lithium, and lithium is oxidized during the reaction.  Thus, this substitution is an oxidative substitution.

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