Acetal

An acetal is a compound that has the following general structural formula.


R1 = H, alkyl, aryl
R2, R3 = alkyl (In most acetals, R2 = R3.)

eg:



The functional group 1 in an organic molecule is called the acetal group; the carbon atom bearing the two oxygen atoms is the acetal carbon.



See also cyclic acetal and hemiacetal.

 

 

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