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A test for unsaturated compounds in which potassium permanganate is used. Alkenes, for example, are oxidised to glycols, and the permanganate loses its colour:3R2C=CR2+2KMnO4+4H2O → 2MnO2+2KOH+3R2COHR2COH

3R2C=CR2+2KMnO4+4H2O → 2MnO2+2KOH+3R2COHR2COH

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