Difference between hydroxy and alcohol?

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Reine Nakamura 1C
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Difference between hydroxy and alcohol?

Postby Reine Nakamura 1C » Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:10 am

What is the difference between hydroxy and an alcohol? It seems that both are an -OH group branched off of a C parent chain.. If we were given a line structure and asked to name it, how would we know which to use?

nickgonzalez 1j
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Re: Difference between hydroxy and alcohol?

Postby nickgonzalez 1j » Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:30 am

You are correct in that both are an -OH group branched off a C parent chain. Which name you use depends on the presence of other functional groups. Other functional groups would take precedence over the alcohol so when it comes to naming you use the suffix of the other functional group and the alcohol would then be named as another substituent(such as a methyl etc.) and the name for that would be hydroxy.


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