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Definition of Carboxyl Group

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The formula for the carboxyl functional group is RCOOH.

The formula for the carboxyl functional group is RCOOH.

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Definition: The carboxyl group is an organic functional group consisting of a carbon atom double bonded to an oxygen atom and single bonded to a hydroxyl group.

The carboxyl group is commonly written as -C(=O)OH or -COOH.

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