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Aryl vs. Benzyl — What's the Difference?

Aryl vs. Benzyl — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Aryl and Benzyl

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Aryl

In the context of organic molecules, aryl is any functional group or substituent derived from an aromatic ring, usually an aromatic hydrocarbon, such as phenyl and naphthyl. "Aryl" is used for the sake of abbreviation or generalization, and "Ar" is used as a placeholder for the aryl group in chemical structure diagrams, analogous to “R” used for any organic substituent.

Benzyl

The univalent organic group C6H5CH2-, derived from toluene.

Aryl

A compound containing benzene or another aromatic hydrocarbon, or a univalent group derived from such a compound by removal of a hydrogen atom attached to the aromatic ring.

Benzyl

The univalent radical C6H5-CH2- related to toluene and benzoic acid

Aryl

(organic chemistry) Any univalent organic radical derived from an aromatic hydrocarbon by removing a hydrogen atom.
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Benzyl

A compound radical, C6H5.CH2, related to toluene and benzoic acid; - commonly used adjectively.

Benzyl

The univalent radical derived from toluene

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