Alcohol

Ball-and-stick model of the hydroxyl (-OH) functional group in an alcohol molecule (R3COH). The three "R's" stand for carbon substituents or hydrogen atoms. [1]
The hydroxyl (-OH) functional group with bond angle

In chemistry, an alcohol is any organic compound in which the hydroxyl functional group (– O H) is bound to a saturated carbon atom. [2] The term alcohol originally referred to the primary alcohol ethanol (ethyl alcohol), which is used as a drug and is the main alcohol present in alcoholic beverages.

The suffix -ol appears in the IUPAC chemical name of all substances where the hydroxyl group is the functional group with the highest priority; in substances where a higher priority group is present the prefix hydroxy- will appear in the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) name. The suffix -ol in non-systematic names (such as paracetamol or cholesterol) also typically indicates that the substance includes a hydroxyl functional group and, so, can be termed an alcohol. But many substances, particularly sugars (examples glucose and sucrose) contain hydroxyl functional groups without using the suffix. An important class of alcohols, of which methanol and ethanol are the simplest members is the saturated straight chain alcohols, the general formula for which is CnH2n+1OH.

History

Rhazes (854 CE – 925 CE), was a Persian [3] [4] [5] polymath, physician, alchemist, and philosopher who discovered numerous compounds and chemicals including "alcohol" by developing several chemical instruments and methods of distillation.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Alkohol
Alemannisch: Alkohole
العربية: كحول
aragonés: Alcohol
armãneashti: Alcoolu
অসমীয়া: এলক'হল
asturianu: Alcohol
azərbaycanca: Spirtlər
تۆرکجه: الکول
Bân-lâm-gú: Alcohol
башҡортса: Спирт
беларуская: Спірты
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Сьпірт
български: Алкохол
bosanski: Alkohol
brezhoneg: Alkool
català: Alcohol
čeština: Alkoholy
Cymraeg: Alcohol
Deutsch: Alkohole
eesti: Alkoholid
Ελληνικά: Αλκοόλες
español: Alcohol
Esperanto: Alkoholo
euskara: Alkohol
فارسی: الکل
Fiji Hindi: Alcohol
føroyskt: Alkohol
français: Alcool (chimie)
Gaeilge: Alcóil
Gaelg: Alcoal
Gàidhlig: Alcol
galego: Alcohol
ગુજરાતી: આલ્કોહોલ
한국어: 알코올
Հայերեն: Սպիրտ
हिन्दी: अल्कोहल
hrvatski: Alkoholi
Ilokano: Alkohol
Bahasa Indonesia: Alkohol
interlingua: Alcohol
íslenska: Alkóhól
italiano: Alcoli
עברית: כוהל
Basa Jawa: Alkohol
ქართული: სპირტი
қазақша: Алкогольдер
Kiswahili: Alkoholi
Kreyòl ayisyen: Alkòl
Kurdî: Alkol
Кыргызча: Алкоголяттар
Ladino: Alkól
Latina: Alcohol
latviešu: Spirti
Lëtzebuergesch: Alkoholen
lietuvių: Alkoholis
Limburgs: Alcohol
lingála: Lotoko
lumbaart: Alcol
magyar: Alkoholok
македонски: Алкохол
Bahasa Melayu: Alkohol
မြန်မာဘာသာ: အယ်လ်ကိုဟော
नेपाली: अल्कोहल
日本語: アルコール
norsk: Alkoholer
norsk nynorsk: Alkohol
occitan: Alcòl
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Spirtlar
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਅਲਕੋਹਲ
پنجابی: الکحل
Patois: Alkoal
Plattdüütsch: Alkohol
polski: Alkohole
português: Álcool
Ripoarisch: Alkohol
română: Alcool
Runa Simi: Alkul
русиньскый: Алкоголы
русский: Спирты
Scots: Alcohol
shqip: Alkooli
sicilianu: Alcool
Simple English: Alcohol
slovenščina: Alkohol
کوردی: کھوول
српски / srpski: Алкохол
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Alkoholi
Basa Sunda: Alkohol
suomi: Alkoholit
svenska: Alkoholer
Tagalog: Alkohol
தமிழ்: மதுசாரம்
татарча/tatarça: Спиртлар
తెలుగు: ఆల్కహాలు
Türkçe: Alkol
українська: Спирти
اردو: الکحل
Tiếng Việt: Ancol
文言:
West-Vlams: Alcool
Winaray: Arkohol
ייִדיש: אלקאהאל
Yorùbá: Ọtí
粵語: 酒精
žemaitėška: Alkuoguolis
中文:
Kabɩyɛ: Alɩkɔɔlɩ