Those derivatives of the alcoholic radicles with the cyanogen group, CN, in which the fouith affinity of carbon is limited to the alcohol radicles. They are liquids usually insoluble in water, possessing an ethereal odor, and readily decomposed on heating with acids or alkalies.
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