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Organic Chemistry: Home


Used for:

  • Chemistry, Organic

Narrower term:

  • Amino compounds
  • Antiaromaticity
  • Bioorganic chemistry
  • Condensation products (Chemistry)
  • Etard's reaction
  • Functional groups
  • Heterocyclic chemistry
  • Isoelectric focusing
  • Nucleophiles
  • Organic geochemistry
  • Organic solid state chemistry
  • Organometallic chemistry
  • Physical organic chemistry
  • Surface active agents
  • Umpolung

Broader term:

  • Chemistry

Related Term:

  • Organic chemistry nomenclature
  • Organic compounds



Organic Chemistry

Scope Note

Organic chemistry is the study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation of carbon-containing compounds, which include not only hydrocarbons but also compounds with any number of other elements, including hydrogen (most compounds contain at least one carbon–hydrogen bond), nitrogen, oxygen, halogens, phosphorus, silicon, and sulfur. This branch of chemistry was originally limited to compounds produced by living organisms but has been broadened to include human-made substances such as plastics. The range of application of organic compounds is enormous and also includes, but is not limited to, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, food, explosives, paints, and cosmetics.

Here are entered general works on organic chemistry. Works on special groups of carbon compounds and their reactions are entered under "Carbon compounds."

Reference: American Chemical Society (2020). What is organic chemistry? Retrieved from


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