One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- systematic chemical name for acetaldehyde
- ‘The names of specific aldehydes are generally taken from the name of the alkyl group with the addition of an ‘al’ ending, e.g. methanal, ethanal.’
- ‘The aldehyde, ethanal (also called acetaldehyde), is the product of this reaction.’
- ‘For example ethanol loses two hydrogen atoms to give ethanal and when an oxygen atom is added to this the product is ethanoic acid.’
Late 19th century: blend of ethane and aldehyde.
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