Organic chemistry

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Informally, organic chemistry is the study of molecules containing chains of carbon atoms (i.e. carbon-carbon bonds). To be more exact, it is the chemistry of carbon with the somewhat arbitrary exclusion of some molecules (such as carbon monoxide).


Hydrocarbons are molecules composed entirely of carbon and hydrogen. See the main article.


Organometallic compounds are molecules containing metal-carbon bonds. For example, buttyllithium () is a hydrocarbon ring in which one hydrogen atom has been replaced with a lithium atom.

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