Nomenclature and Terminology
Written language is inadequate for expressing the precise structure and composition of a molecule. Despite the best efforts of IUPAC and other groups to establish standard rules for naming compounds, the only unambiguous way to depict a substance is with a structural formula. The name of a particular substance can vary according to the source used: CAS, CRC, Beilstein/Reaxys, etc. all have used different nomenclature conventions over the decades, and of course the rules change over time. Many IUPAC-style names are now generated by software tools rather than by hand, and there is much variation. Chemists generally use acronyms, trivial names, and trade names as shorthand. All titles are in the reference collection unless otherwise noted.
- Concise etymological dictionary of chemistry.
- (Applied Science, 1976)
- QD 5 B57
- Definitions and origins of prefixes, suffixes, and other parts of chemical terminology.
- GABCOM & GABMET : acronyms of compounds and methods in chemistry and
- (Springer, 1993)
- QD 7 G22 1993
- Dictionary of acronyms commonly used as shorthand for reagents and methods in the chemical literature.
- Hawley's condensed chemical dictionary.
- (15th ed., Wiley, 2007)
- QD 5 C5 2007
- A good all-around dictionary of chemistry, strong on defining classes of compounds, functional groups, important substances, techniques, equipment, etc.
- Naming and indexing of chemical substances for Chemical Abstracts.
- CA Index Guide, Appendix IV
- More than you'd ever want to know about how CAS names the substances it registers. Shelved with Chemical Abstracts. Our last edition is 2001; the Index Guide is no longer published.
- Nomenclature of organic chemistry.
- (Pergamon, 1979)
- QD 291 I57 1979
- E-Book version (1979/93)
- IUPAC's 1979 "Blue Book" of collected recommendations on nomenclature of hydrocarbons, heterocyclic systems, and others, plus sections on stereochemistry, natural products, and isotopically modified compounds, is complemented by a A Guide to IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Compounds (Recommendations 1993). A new edition is forthcoming in 2014.
- USP dictionary of USAN and international drug names.
- (USP, 1995-)
- RS 55 U54
- Annual dictionary of generic and brand names and CAS Registry Numbers for drugs, published as part of the U.S. Pharmacopeia. Latest edition in Life Science Library Reference.
- The Vocabulary and concepts of organic chemistry.
- (2nd ed., Wiley, 2005)
- QD 291 C55 2005
- Not a typical alphabetical dictionary, but a series of topical chapters grouping organic concepts and defining terms in context, with examples. Consult the index and table of contents.
Chemical Names and Structures
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias