a) The ability to perform a task or function; that set of functions that something is able or equipped to perform.
b) In United States trademark law, the tendency of a product design to serve a function other than identification of the product, preventing that design from being protected as a trademark.

: The vinyldiazomethanes that have been commonly used in our studies contain an electron-withdrawing group adjacent to the diazo functionality.

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