methanal


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methanal,

IUPAC name for formaldehydeformaldehyde
, HCHO, the simplest aldehyde. It melts at −92°C;, boils at −21°C;, and is soluble in water, alcohol, and ether; at STP, it is a flammable, poisonous, colorless gas with a suffocating odor.
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methanal

[′meth·ə‚nal]
(organic chemistry)
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