functional group


Definition of functional group

: a characteristic reactive unit of a chemical compound especially in organic chemistry

Examples of functional group in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every department must also have digitally savvy talent that should percolate across every functional group of the organization. Rajeev Sharma, Forbes, 7 July 2022 Working on an innovation project may enable employees to establish contacts in an area of the company different from their customary functional group. Edie Goldberg, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Put together a tiger team, a specialized and cross-functional group, with domain expertise in planning along with senior operational leaders. Akhil Oltikar, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Identify a cross-functional group of individuals to assist, and give credit where credit is due — publicly and often. Heidi Davidson, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 What exactly are fatty acids? Fatty acids are long strings of hydrocarbons with a carboxylic acid functional group on one end. A.a. Newton, SELF, 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of functional group

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of functional group was in 1892

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8 Aug 2022

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“Functional group.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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