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A Basic Guide to Decoding Organic Compound Names


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A Basic Guide to Decoding Organic Compound Names

If you’ve ever looked on the back of a bottle of shampoo, or at that of a household cleaner, you’ve probably come across a list of organic compound names. To chemists, these are precise descriptions of the compounds, but to non-chemists, they can sometimes just look like some kind of indecipherable code. The aim of today’s graphic is to try and shed a little light on this code, and what it all means.

  • organic compounds
  • nomenclature
  • Iupac
  • functional groups
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