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Aldehydes

Synonym(s)

  • aldehyde
  • aldehyde (substance)

Definition(s)

A type of chemical substance made from alcohol. Aldehydes are found in essential oils (scented liquid taken from plants).

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Any organic compound containing a formyl (-CHO) group. Its functional group, with the structure R-CHO, consists of a carbonyl center bonded to hydrogen and an R group. Traces of various aldehydes are found in essential oils and often contribute to their odors.

Definition from: NCI via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: December 16, 2014