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Example of a congener: the number and locations of Cl groups can vary
In chemistry, congeners are related chemical substances "related to each other by origin, structure, or function".
Common origin and structure
Any significant quantity of a polyhalogenated compound is by default a blend of multiple molecule types because each molecule forms independently, and chlorine and bromine do not strongly select which site(s) they bond to.
- Congener (alcohol), substances other than alcohol (desirable or undesirable) also produced during fermentation.
- Congeners of oleic acids can modify cell membrane behavior, protecting against tumors or having effects on blood pressure.