Inorganic compound

Definition

noun, plural: inorganic compounds

Any compound lacking carbon atoms, or when present is ionically bound to other atoms.


Supplement

A very common example of inorganic compound is water. Some inorganic compounds containing carbon atoms are carbonates, simple oxides of carbon and cyanides, as well as the allotropes of carbon.


Word origin: named after the early notion that inorganic compounds are not of biological origin.

Compare: organic compound

Retrieved from "http://www.biology-online.org/bodict/index.php?title=Inorganic_compound&oldid=95589"
First | Previous (Inorganic chemistry) | Next (Inorganic molecule) | Last
Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page.