Primary alcohol

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A primary alcohol is an alcohol which has the hydroxyl radical connected to a primary carbon. It can also be defined as a molecule containing a “–CH2OH” group.[1]

Examples include ethanol and butanol.

Some sources include methanol as a primary alcohol,[2][3] including the 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica,[4] but this interpretation is less common in modern texts.

See also


  1. "Definition: primary alcohol from Online Medical Dictionary". Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  2. "an introduction to alcohols". Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  3. Albert S. Tarendash (2001). Let's review: chemistry, the physical setting. Boston, Mass: Barron's. p. 161. ISBN 0-7641-1664-9.
  4. "Alcohols - LoveToKnow 1911". Retrieved 2007-11-22.