- the branch of chemistry, originally limited to substances found only in living organisms, dealing with the compounds of carbon.
Origin of organic chemistry
First recorded in 1870–75
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- the branch of chemistry concerned with the compounds of carbon: originally confined to compounds produced by living organisms but now extended to include man-made substances based on carbon, such as plasticsCompare inorganic chemistry
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- The chemistry of compounds containing carbon.
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- The branch of chemistry that deals with carbon and organic compounds, especially hydrocarbons.
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