The greater part of inorganic nomenclature was for many years handled with reasonable ease by means of the endings-ic,-ous,-ium,-ide,-ite, and-ate. When these did not suffice, help was sought mainly in prefixes of the type pyro-, hypo-, meta-, ortho-, per-, sub-, and in endings such as-oxylic,-yl,-osyl. There was, however, little consistency in the use of these adjuncts, and the resulting confusion was made worse when later studies of structure disclosed irrationalities in place of some of the supposed analogies. The Stock notation helped in many cases, and Werner’s nomenclature was invaluable for coordination compounds.
KeywordsBismuth Antimony Thorium Ph3P Beryllium
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