Definition of functional group in English:

functional group

Syllabification: func·tion·al group

noun

Chemistry
  • A group of atoms responsible for the characteristic reactions of a particular compound.
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    • Methyl lithium is very reactive and acts as a nucleophilic methylating reagent to electrophilic functional groups, such as ketones.
    • The oxygen atom of an ether functional group has two lone pairs of electrons.
    • Condensation reactions depend on a repeated reaction between functional groups on the monomers.

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