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trivial name

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n.
A common, historic, or convenient name for a substance, derived often from the source in which the substance was discovered, but unsystematic and not used in modern official nomenclature, as aspirin for salicylic acid.
A common or vernacular name as distinguished from a specific name, as human for Homo sapiens.
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trivial name
[ trĭvē-əl ]

A common or vernacular name as distinguished from a scientific name, as chimpanzee for Pan troglodytes.
A common, historic, or convenient name for a substance. The trivial name is often derived from the source in which the substance was discovered. It is not systematic and is not used in modern official nomenclature. Sucrose is the trivial name for β-D-fructofuranosyl-α-D-glucopyranoside. Compare chemical name.
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