primary alcohol

noun

Medical Definition of primary alcohol

: an alcohol that possesses the group −CH2OH and can be oxidized so as to form a corresponding aldehyde and acid having the same number of carbon atoms

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“Primary alcohol.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/primary%20alcohol. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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