Chemistry students, can you imagine this?


strychnine

(4aR,5aS,8aR,8a1S,15aS)-4a1,5,5a,7,8,8a1,15,15a-octahydro-2H-4,6-methanoindolo[3,2,1-ij]oxepino[2,3,4-de]pyrrolo[2,3-h]quinolin-14(4aH)-one.

Imagine if Agatha Christie had to write that every time she had to mention the poison used in the murder, or if Hitchcock’s leading man had to vocalise it in the courtroom. Well they’d never get the book or the film down to a manageable size. It’s much easier to say strychnine!

Source: http://www.improbable.com/2013/05/23/some-say-strychnine/

Full article: http://www.chemistry-blog.com/2012/07/31/whats-in-a-name/

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2 thoughts on “Chemistry students, can you imagine this?

  1. That’s what trivial names are used for, in my opinion, IUPAC names are just for drawing the structure of the substance.

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