Carboxylic Acid Ester

A carboxylic acid ester is an ester derived from a carboxylic acid, which has the following general structural formula.


R1 = H, alkyl, aryl
R2 = alkyl, aryl


eg:



The O=C—O group in a carboxylic acid ester is called the carboxylic acid ester group.



Carboxylic acid esters are the most common esters in organic chemistry.  The term ester used without a qualifier usually means a carboxylic acid ester and the term ester group a carboxylic acid ester group.

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