Chemical Names

Some scientists have a sense of humor. You can see it when they name new molecules and compounds: Some of the chemical names they have come up with include:

Buckminster Fullerene

Megaphone

Vomitoxin

Rednose

Deadcat

Bastardane

Sonic Hedgehog

Cummingtonite

Moronic Acid

DAMN (Diaminomaleonitrile)

Curious Chloride

PU

Constipatic acid

Dead

Fucitol

Broken Windowpane

Piranha Solution

Nonanal

Periodic Acid

Diabolic Acid

Antipain

Dogcollarane

Crapinon

Arsole.

You can find more, and read the stories behind some of these names at www.chm.bris.ac.uk/sillymolecules/sillymols.htm.

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