parent compound

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noun Chemistry.

a compound from which derivatives may be obtained.

Nearby words

  1. parens,
  2. parens.,
  3. parent,
  4. parent cell,
  5. parent company,
  6. parent cyst,
  7. parent language,
  8. parent metal,
  9. parent teacher association,
  10. parent-in-law

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Examples from the Web for parent compound

  • The parent-compound is diphenylamine in which sulphur replaces hydrogen, and is therefore known as thiodiphenylamine.

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