Nomenclature of Peroxyacids

Compounds with the R-COOOH functional group are called peroxyacids (recommendation C-441.1). The name of the compound is constructed from the name of the carboxylic acid with the same number of carbon atoms preceded by the prefix peroxyโ€“. The common names of the acids preceded by the prefix perโ€“ are allowed.

In diacids the prefixes monoperoxyโ€“ or diperoxyโ€“ are used. Esters derived from peroxyacids are named with Oโ€“ or OOโ€“ when necessary.

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