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 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.
- Concise etymological dictionary of chemistry.
- (Applied Science, 1976)
- QD 5 B57 Reference
- 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 Reference
- 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 Reference
- 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 (2001) Shelved with CA.
- PDF version (2007 edition)
- More than you'd ever want to know about how CAS names the substances it registers.
- Nomenclature of organic chemistry.
- (4th ed., RSC, 2014)
- QD 291 I57 2014 Reference
- E-Book version (1979/93 editions)
- IUPAC's newest "Blue Book" of collected recommendations on nomenclature of organic molecules.
- USP dictionary of USAN and international drug names.
- (USP, 1995-)
- RS 55 U54 Reference
- 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 Reference
- 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