Moore, James Alexander Department of Chemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
Last reviewed:October 2019
- Structures and nomenclature
- Ring strain and conformation
- Ring-forming reactions
- Major compounds
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
An organic compound that contains one or more closed rings of carbon atoms. The term alicyclic specifically excludes carbocyclic compounds with an array of π-electrons characteristic of aromatic rings. Compounds with one to five alicyclic rings of great variety and complexity are found in many natural products such as steroids and terpenes. By far the majority of these have six-membered rings. See also: Aromatic hydrocarbon; Steroid; Terpene
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