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What is a functional group? I'm looking through my notes and I can't seem to figure it out. Its talking ( as an example) about hydroxyl that goes with alcohol ( to form ethanol i think?)

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A group of atoms responsible for the characteristic reactions of a particular compound.
hope that helps :D
So wait, if have Hydroxyl ( which is shown in my book as R-OH, I think R being the compound), its thend mixed with something to give ethanol ( so 2 C and 5 H). But then the word Hydroxyl or even part of it is not even there ( its just confusing to me)

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erm, I don't know what to do about that. sorry. :(

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