Compounds containing an enediol structure stabilized by conjugation and hydrogen bonding with an adjacent carbonyl group, RC(OH)=C(OH)C(=O)R
. They are strong reducing agents, fairly strong acids and commonly derived from saccharides by oxidation at the carbon atom alpha to the carbonyl function, e.g. ascorbic acid.
PAC, 1995, 67, 1307. 'Glossary of class names of organic compounds and reactivity intermediates based on structure (IUPAC Recommendations 1995)' on page 1363 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199567081307)