Carboxylic Acid

A compound with molecules containing a carboxylic acid group -COOH. Carboxylic acids have the general formula R - COOH.

The hydrogen on the -COOH group ionizes in water; carboxylic acids are weak acids.

The simplest carboxylic acids are formic acid (H-COOH) and acetic acid (CH3-COOH).

See also: Acid.

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Subjects: Chemistry