Lemma 29.54.7. Let $X$ be a reduced scheme with finitely many irreducible components. Then the normalization morphism $X^\nu \to X$ is birational.

**Proof.**
The normalization induces a bijection of irreducible components by Lemma 29.54.5. Let $\eta \in X$ be a generic point of an irreducible component of $X$ and let $\eta ^\nu \in X^\nu $ be the generic point of the corresponding irreducible component of $X^\nu $. Then $\eta ^\nu \mapsto \eta $ and to finish the proof we have to show that $\mathcal{O}_{X, \eta } \to \mathcal{O}_{X^\nu , \eta ^\nu }$ is an isomorphism, see Definition 29.50.1. Because $X$ and $X^\nu $ are reduced, we see that both local rings are equal to their residue fields (Algebra, Lemma 10.25.1). On the other hand, by the construction of the normalization as the normalization of $X$ in $Y = \coprod \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(\kappa (\eta ))$ we see that we have $\kappa (\eta ) \subset \kappa (\eta ^\nu ) \subset \kappa (\eta )$ and the proof is complete.
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