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Amides

Amides are derived from carboxylic acids. A carboxylic acid contains the \(-COOH\) functional group, and in an amide the \(-OH\) part of that group is replaced by an \(-NH_2\) group. So, amides contain the \(-CONH_2\) group. The amide linkage has some interesting properties that may not be obvious from other chemical classes.