# Is it correct to say that ethenol is an alcohol?

IUPAC Gold Book defines alcohols as:

Compounds in which a hydroxy group, $\ce{–OH}$, is attached to a saturated carbon atom $\ce{R3COH}$.

However, Wikipedia says that:

Vinyl alcohol, also called ethenol (IUPAC name), is an alcohol.

And if ethenol is not an alcohol, what would be the correct name for compounds in which an $\ce{–OH}$ group is attached to an unsaturated carbon atom?

• Ethenol is not a thing at all, which pretty much makes the question void. Unsaturated carbons don't survive near -OH, unless we're talking about phenols. – Ivan Neretin Nov 3 '17 at 15:37
• Why is it not a thing? It's the enol tautomer of acetaldehyde... @IvanNeretin – Zhe Nov 3 '17 at 15:38
• @IvanNeretin No argument there, but seems excessive to say "not a thing at all." – Zhe Nov 3 '17 at 15:54
• One could use a similar argument to say that tennessine is not a thing at all. Still there are a lot of scientific articles published about it. – ttsc Nov 3 '17 at 16:11
• – Mithoron Nov 3 '17 at 19:00

Alkenols; the term refers specifically to vinylic alcohols, which have the structure $\ce{HOCR'=CR2}$.
• So, should Wikipedia be edited? What would be a good wording? Would it be good to change it for example to: "Vinyl alcohol, also called ethenol (IUPAC name), is an enol. It's not an alcohol according to the IUPAC definition, because the $\ce{–OH}$ group is not attached to a saturated carbon atom." – ttsc Nov 4 '17 at 16:35