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Alpha Carbon

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  • An alpha (symbol: α) carbon is a carbon atom bonded to a functional group in an organic compound; the carbon atom next to the α carbon is the beta (symbol: β) carbon, and so on (α, β, γ, δ…).

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    A compound containing only one functional group may have more than one α carbon.

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    If a compound contains more than one functional group, the terms α-carbon, β-carbon, etc. are meaningful only if the functional group is specified.

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