# What is the difference between a ketone and a carbonyl?

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JAMES Share
Nov 5, 2015

Ketones are a type of carbonyl group.

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A carbonyl group refers to the oxygen double bonded to a carbon. A ketone is a type of carbonyl group. The easiest way to tell if it is a ketone is if it is in the middle of the molecule. If it is, then it is a ketone. If the carbonyl is at the terminus of a molecule, then it is a aldehyde.

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Aug 31, 2017

Carbonyl is a type of functional group. Ketones are a class of organic compounds that contain this functional group.

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Carbonyl is the functional group -C=O

In simple terms, ketones are a class of organic compound that contain a carbonyl group between two other alkyl groups. For example

$C {H}_{3} - C \left(C {H}_{3}\right) = O$ (Acetone)

They can be derived from the oxidation of secondary alcohols.

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