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[Lat.,=bran], C4H3OCHO, viscous, colorless liquid that has a pleasant aromatic odor; upon exposure to air it turns dark brown or black. It boils at about 160°C;.
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(furfuran), a heterocyclic compound; a colorless liquid, with a chloroform odor and a boiling point of 31.33°C. A large group of organic compounds, many of which are of practical
value, are derived from furan, for example, furfural, tetrahydrofuran, and 2-methylfuran. Furan is obtained primarily from furfural. It is an intermediate product in the synthesis of tetrahydrofuran; it is also used in the preparation of pyrrole, by a reaction with NH3 in the presence of Al2O3.