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Rule #1: Functional group modifiers come at the end of the name, with highest-priority groups at the end. This is except for functional groups in the middle of the molecule (esters and ethers). The priority is assigned as per the original IUPAC conventions.

Functional groups

Listings of the most basic functional groups encountered in biochemistry.

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