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Structure, Properties, and Nomenclature of Carboxylic Acids

Carboxylic Acids

Definition
Carboxylic acids are organic acids that contain the carboxyl group COOH (O=C-O-H).

Carboxylic acids are found all throughout nature. They are, in addition, important industrial chemicals. A well-known carboxylic acid is acetic acid (ethanoic acid). This gives, for example, vinegar its sour taste.

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