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Record 1 2013-08-09

English

Subject field(s)
  • Chemistry
DEF

[A] substance of mineral origin that [is] not characterized by primarily carbon-based structure.

OBS

[These substances] are generally non-volatile, not combustible, and not biodegradable. Most inorganic-type compounds, or reactions, are ionic in nature, and therefore, rapid reactions are characteristic.

OBS

As opposed to hydrocarbons (organics), which are characterized as having carbon and hydrogen atoms in chain and ring structures. Some simple carbon compounds are considered to be inorganic (i.e., carbides, COx, carbonates, CS2).

French

Domaine(s)
  • Chimie
DEF

Substance d'origine minérale dépourvue de structure moléculaire à base de carbone.

Spanish

Campo(s) temático(s)
  • Química
DEF

Sustancia de origen mineral, sin carbono.

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