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The molecule of the day is: Ethanol

As you may be able to see from the accompanying picture, ethanal is a small organic molecule. Big things come in small packages, as it were. Ethanol is probably one of the most commonly imbibed intoxicant molecules in the world, which probably explains most of the interest in it. Its physiological effects are widespread. These effects result largely from its promiscuous binding properties and toxic nature, due in part to its short hydrocarbon chain and hydroxyl moiety, but also the fact that large quantities are often consumed. Metabolites of ethanol exhibit similar problems, the effects of which are mostly uncomfortable and unhealthful, as anyone who has ever had an ethanol hangover can attest. Apart from its bioactivity, ethanol is an extremely useful solvent, and the utility is amplified by its low cost and widespread availability. Care must be taken when handling concentrated ethanol, known as absolute grade, because it can be irritating to the skin. Importantly, it is also quite volitile and flammable, again due to its short hydrocarbon chain and hydroxyl moiety. Like our previous MOD candidates, ethanol can be a very hot molecule indeed! In fact, it is illegal to sell it in certain municipalities, so be careful where you get your ethanol.

other names: 64-17-5 C00469 Dehydrated ethanol Ethanol Ethyl alcohol Methylcarbinol

related molecule names: 141-43-5 2-Hydroxyethylamine Aminoethanol C00189 Ethanolamine 1071-23-4 C00346 Ethanolamine phosphate O-Phosphoethanolamine O-Phosphorylethanolamine Phosphoethanolamine 2-Acyl-1-(1-alkenyl)-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine C04756 Ethanolamineplasmalogen O-1-Alk-1-enyl-2-acyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine Phosphatidalethanolamine Plasmenylethanolamine

molecule directory: 3696

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pdb file, 3696.pdb
CAS: 64-17-5
Canonical SMILES: CCO

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updated Tue Aug 19 19:45:09 EDT 2008

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