Definition of aldol in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈaldɒl


[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A viscous liquid obtained when acetaldehyde dimerizes in dilute alkali or acid.
    • Chemical formula: CH3CH(OH)CH2CHO
    More example sentences
    • The simplest aldol - CH 3 CHOHCH 2 CHO - is produced from ethanal.
    • The most useful mixed Aldols are those where only one reactent can form an enolate.
    • Aldols are bifunctional molecules possessing OH and C=O groups, which are able to act as both hydrogen donors and/or acceptors.


late 19th century: from al(dehyde) + -ol.

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