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Chemical name 3-hydroxy-5-(hydroxymethyl)-2-
Chemical formula C8H9NO3
Molecular mass 167.16 g/mol
CAS number [66-72-8]
Melting point 165 °C (decomp.)
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Pyridoxal is one of the three natural forms of vitamin B6, along with pyridoxamine and pyridoxine (also called "pyridoxol"). All of these forms are converted in the human body into a single biologically active form, pyridoxal 5-phosphate. All three forms of vitamin B6 are heterocyclic organic compounds. Green plants are a natural source of pyridoxal, and its deficiency in the human body can lead to serious complications such as epilepsy and seizures.

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