carboxyl definition

  • noun:
    • The univalent radical, COOH, the useful team attribute of most organic acids.
    • A univalent practical team consisting of a carbonyl and a hydroxyl functional group (-CO.OH); characteristic of carboxylic acids.
    • The complex radical, CO.OH, thought to be the essential and characteristic constituent which all oxygen acids of carbon (as formic, acetic, benzoic acids, etc.) have in common; -- labeled as additionally oxatyl.
    • A hypothetical organic radical getting the formula COOH.
    • the univalent radical -COOH; present in and attribute of natural acids
  • adjective:
    • associated with or containing the carboxyl team or carboxyl radical

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