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Alkoxy Group Definition


This is the general chemical structure of the methoxy functional group.

The methoxy functional group is the simplest alkoxy functional group.

Todd Helmenstine

Definition: An alkoxy group is a functional group containing an alkyl group bonded to an oxygen atom.

Alkoxy groups have the general formula: R-O.

An alkoxy group bonded to a hydrogen atom is an alcohol.

An alkoxy group bonded to another alkyl group is an ether.

Also Known As: alkyloxy group

Examples: The simplest alkoxy group is the methoxy group: CH3O-.

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