an organic compound, comparable to an inorganic salt: generally, HR (inorganic acid) + ROH (alcohol) = RR (ester) + HO (water) or RCOOH (organic acid) + ROH = RCOOR (ester) + HO
Origin of esterGer, contr. from essigäther from essig, vinegar ( from Classical Latin acetum: see aceto-) + äther ( from Classical Latin aether), ether
Any of a class of compounds derived from an oxyacid, usually resulting from the reaction of an oxyacid and an alcohol with the elimination of water.
Origin of esterGerman short for Essigäther Essig vinegar ( from Middle High German ezzich ) ( from Old High German ezzīh ) ( from Latin acētum ; see ak- in Indo-European roots.) &Adie;ther ether ( from Latin aethēr ; see ether . )