hemiacetal

hemiacetal

[hem-ee-as-i-tal]
noun
any of the class of organic chemical compounds having the general formula RCH(OH)OR, where R is an organic group.

Origin:
1890–95; hemi- + acetal

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hemiacetal hem·i·ac·e·tal (hěm'ē-ās'ĭ-tāl')
n.
Any of a class of compounds containing an alkyl group, especially when formed as intermediates during the preparation of acetals from aldehydes or ketones.

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