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ketone

(kē`tōn), any of a class of organic compounds that contain the carbonyl groupcarbonyl group
, in chemistry, functional group that consists of an oxygen atom joined by a double bond to a carbon atom. The carbon atom is joined to the remainder of the molecule by two single bonds or one double bond.
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, C=O, and in which the carbonyl group is bonded only to carbon atoms. The general formula for a ketone is RCOR′, where R and R′ are alkyl or aryl groups. The simplest ketone, where R and R′ are methyl groups, is acetoneacetone
, dimethyl ketone
, or 2-propanone
, CH3COCH3, colorless, flammable liquid. Acetone melts at −94.8°C; and boils at 56.2°C;. It is the simplest aliphatic ketone.
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; this is one of the most important ketones used in industry. Low-molecular-weight ketones are used chiefly as solvents. Ketones may be prepared by several methods, including the oxidation of secondary alcohols and the destructive distillation of certain salts of organic acids. Ketones are related to the aldehydesaldehyde
[alcohol + New Lat. dehydrogenatus=dehydrogenated], any of a class of organic compounds that contain the carbonyl group, , and in which the carbonyl group is bonded to at least one hydrogen; the general formula for an aldehyde is RCHO, where R is hydrogen
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 but are less active chemically.

ketone

[′kē‚tōn]
(organic chemistry)
One of a class of chemical compounds of the general formula RR′CO, where R and R′ are alkyl, aryl, or heterocyclic radicals; the groups R and R′ may be the same or different, or incorporated into a ring; the ketones, acetone, and methyl ethyl ketone are used as solvents, and ketones in general are important intermediates in the synthesis of organic compounds.

ketone

any of a class of compounds with the general formula RʹCOR, where R and Rʹ are alkyl or aryl groups
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