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[ee-nawl, ee-nol] /ˈi nɔl, ˈi nɒl/
noun, Chemistry
an organic compound containing a hydroxyl group attached to a doubly linked carbon atom, as in >C=C(OH)−.
Origin of enol
1935-40; apparently < Greek (h)én one (neuter) + -ol1
Related forms
[ee-nol-ik] /iˈnɒl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • This is because a carbonyl is in tautomeric resonance with an enol.
British Dictionary definitions for enol


any organic compound containing the group -CH:CO-, often existing in chemical equilibrium with the corresponding keto form See keto-enol tautomerism
Derived Forms
enolic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from -ene + -ol1
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enol in Medicine

enol e·nol (ē'nôl', ē'nōl')
An organic compound containing a hydroxyl group bonded to a carbon atom that in turn forms a double bond with another carbon atom.

e·nol'ic (ē-nŏl'ĭk) adj.
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