The name of a chemical compound that shows the names of each of its elements or subcompounds. For example, the chemical name of aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid. Compare trivial name.
How Are Newly Discovered Chemical Elements Named?Unlike common elements, newer elements are synthesized in a lab; they are not observed in nature. They are very unstable and quickly dissolve into other elements. So how do scientists name them?
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