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organic chemistry

the branch of chemistry, originally limited to substances found only in living organisms, dealing with the compounds of carbon.
Origin of organic chemistry
1870-75 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for organic chemistry

organic chemistry

the branch of chemistry concerned with the compounds of carbon: originally confined to compounds produced by living organisms but now extended to include man-made substances based on carbon, such as plastics Compare inorganic chemistry
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organic chemistry in Medicine

organic chemistry n.
The chemistry of compounds containing carbon.

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organic chemistry in Science
organic chemistry  
The branch of chemistry that deals with carbon and organic compounds, especially hydrocarbons.
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organic chemistry in Culture

organic chemistry definition

The branch of chemistry dealing with organic molecules.

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