Primary alcohol

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A primary alcohol is one in which the carbon atom that is attached to the -OH group is attached to only one alkyl group. This means that the -OH group is always on the end of the molecule, no matter how complicated the molecule is. The only exception of this rule is methanol, which is still considered a primary alcohol even though the carbon is not attached to an alkyl group [1]

References

  1. http://www.chemguide.co.uk/organicprops/alcohols/background.html resouces: 21.10.2012

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