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

Aug 31, 2017

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

#### Explanation:

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.