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Hemiacetal

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  • A hemiacetal is a compound that has the following general structural formula.

    R1 = H, alkyl, aryl
    R2 = alkyl

    eg:

    The functional group 1 in an organic molecules is called the hemiacetal group; the carbon atom bearing the two oxygen atoms is the hemiacetal carbon.

    see also cyclic hemiacetal, acetal, hemiketal