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noun
the branch of chemistry, originally limited to substances found only in living organisms, dealing with the compounds of carbon.

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Origin of organic chemistry

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for organic chemistry

organic chemistry

noun
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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Scientific definitions for organic chemistry

organic chemistry

The branch of chemistry that deals with carbon and organic compounds, especially hydrocarbons.
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Cultural definitions for organic chemistry

organic chemistry

The branch of chemistry dealing with organic molecules (see also organic molecule).

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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