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 The adsorbent has a second functional group called a carboxylate. IEEE Spectrum, 22 June 2018 Then assemble a cross-functional group of evangelists from various customer-facing roles, including customer success and marketing. Patrick Welch, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 The methane-producing methanogens had been detected previously, and Raymann’s study provides additional evidence that this functional group is dominant: no non-methanogenic lineages were seen in human samples. Jeffrey Marlow, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2017 My company makes sure that each hiring team includes a recruiting lead and a hiring manager, as well as a cross-functional group of colleagues who would work closely with the new employee. Jenny Xia Spradling, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of functional group was in 1892

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“Functional group.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition

functional group

: a characteristic reactive unit of a chemical compound

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