hydroxyl group

noun
the univalent group –OH, as in inorganic compounds, such as sodium hydroxide, NaOH, or as in organic compounds, such as ethyl alcohol, C 2 H 6 O.
Also called hydroxyl radical.


Origin:
1880–85

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Phenols are a group of aromatic chemicals containing one phenyl ring with an attached hydroxyl group.
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