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aldol

[al-dawl, -dol]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. Also called acetaldol. a colorless, syrupy, water-soluble liquid, C4H8O2, formed by the condensation of acetaldehyde: used chiefly in the manufacture of rubber vulcanizers and accelerators, and in perfumery.
  2. any of a class of compounds containing both an alcohol and an aldehyde functional group, formed by a condensation reaction between aldehyde or ketone molecules.
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Origin of aldol

First recorded in 1870–75; ald(ehyde) + -ol1
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British Dictionary definitions for aldol

aldol

noun
  1. a colourless or yellowish oily liquid, miscible with water, used in the manufacture of rubber accelerators, as an organic solvent, in perfume, and as a hypnotic and sedative. Formula: CH 3 CHOHCH 2 CHOSystematic name: 3-hydroxybutanal
  2. any organic compound containing the functional group -CHOHCH 2 CHO
  3. (modifier) consisting of, containing, or concerned with the group -CHOHCH 2 CHOaldol group or radical; aldol reaction
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Word Origin

C19: from ald (ehyde) + -ol 1
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aldol in Medicine

aldol

(ăldôl, -dōl)
n.
  1. A thick, colorless to pale yellow liquid obtained from acetaldehyde and used in perfumery and as a solvent.
  2. A similar aldehyde containing the group CH3OH-CO-CHOH.
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