Alpha carbon

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Carbon can be found in the Alpha or Beta form.

An alpha (α) carbon is the first carbon to which a functional group (i.e. Alcohol, Aldehyde, Ketones and carboxylic acids) is attached.

We can have more than 1 carbon in a structure which has a functional group attached to it and therefore we call the second carbon with a functional group, a Beta Carbon [1]

Refrences 

  1. Stryer et al. p. 337

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