Moore, James Alexander Department of Chemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Aliphatic compounds
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A system by which a unique and unambiguous name or other designation is assigned to a given organic molecular structure. A set of rules adopted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is the basis for a standardized name for any organic compound. Common or nonsystematic names are used for many compounds that have been known for a long time. The latter names have the advantage of being short and easily recognized, as in the examples below.
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