Functional-group meaning

An atom or group of atoms that replaces hydrogen in an organic compound. Functional groups define the structure of a family of compounds and determine its properties. The carboxyl and hydroxyl groups are functional groups that define the compounds they are part of as organic acids and alcohols, respectively.
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An atom or group of atoms, such as a carboxyl group, in an organic compound that defines the structure of a family of compounds and determines the properties of the family.
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An atom or group of atoms, such as a carboxyl group, in an organic compound that defines the structure of a family of compounds and determines the properties of the family.
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(organic chemistry) A specific grouping of elements that is characteristic of a class of compounds, and determines some properties and reactions of that class.
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(ecology) A collection of organisms of specific morphological, physiological, behavioral, biochemical properties.
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