International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry
The main purpose of chemical nomenclature is to identify a chemical species by means of written or spoken words. To be useful for communication among chemists, nomenclature for chemical compounds should additionally contain within itself an explicit or implied relationship to the structure of the compound, in order that the reader or listener can deduce the structure (and thus the identity) from the name. This purpose requires a system of principles and rules, the application of which gives rise to a systematic nomenclature.
The HTML reproduction of the IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry is published by Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc. with permission of the IUPAC. The following IUPAC publications were taken as a source:
Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry, Sections A, B, C, D, E, F, and H, Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1979. Copyright 1979 IUPAC.
A Guide to IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Compounds (Recommendations 1993), 1993, Blackwell Scientific publications, Copyright 1993 IUPAC.