A class of organic bodies, produced by the oxidation of the secondary alcohols. They are nearly related to the aldehydes, from which they may be considered as derived by the displacement of H in the CO 11 group by the alcohol radicals. Thus common ethyl aldehyde becomes CH3COthe formula of dimethyl ketone, or, as it is commonly called, acetone which is the lowest member oi the series. Again, isopropyl alcohol by oxidation, yields acetone by the withdrawal of two hydrogen atoms C3H80 or CH3CIICH3 + 0 = CHjCH, + HaO.
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