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Synthesis

What’s In A Name? 

April 28, 2014 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 92, ISSUE 17

“Obscure Chemical Taints Water Supply” features a timeline about MCHM (C&EN, Feb. 17, page 10). I remain mystified by the naming of the compound. The names of two separate compounds (4-methylcyclohexane and methanol) are simply joined together. Why isn’t the name 4-methylcyclohexylmethanol a methanol derivative?

Charles Feldmann
Cincinnati

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