February 20, 2017

Homework Help: Chemistry

Posted by chemstudent on Monday, September 8, 2008 at 8:19pm.

Why is "phenyl" the name for the substituent variant of a benzene ring and "benzyl" refers to something slightly different (-CH2-Ph)? Also, since phenylalanine has a benzyl side-group, why isn't it called benzylalanine?

Are these inconsistencies due to historical reasons or is there some further logic that I'm missing?

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