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Subject - Organic Chemistry

Phenols are hydroxybenzenes, i.e. compounds in which a hydroxy group is bonded to a benzene ring. The simplest representative is phenol C6H5-OH which gives this group of compounds its name. Phenols are mildly acidic, but electron-withdrawing substituents on the benzene ring increase the acidity to medium. The salts of phenols are called phenolates.

Stabilisation of the phenolate anion

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