Organic Chemistry

Structures and Nomenclature

What is an organic compound?


Any molecule, or compound, that contains carbon atoms is referred to as “organic.” The usage of this term is a bit arbitrary, though, as some forms of carbon (like graphite and diamond) and carbon-containing ions (like formate and carbonate) are not thought of by chemists as “organic molecules.”


This is a web preview of the "The Handy Chemistry Answer Book" app. Many features only work on your mobile device. If you like what you see, we hope you will consider buying. Get the App