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An organic compound formed by esterification. Esters formed from carboxylic acids have the general formula RCOOR′. Esters containing simple hydrocarbon groups are volatile fragrant substances used as flavourings in the food industry. Triesters, molecules containing three ester groups, occur in nature as oils and fats. See also glyceride.

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