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azo compound

any organic chemical compound in which the azo group (NN) is part of the molecular structure. The atomic groups attached to the nitrogen atoms may be of any organic class, but the commercially important azo compounds, those that make up more than half the commercial dyes, have the benzene group or its derivatives as the attached groups (aromatic azo compounds).

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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