History The etymology of the word ‘organic’ means that appropriate organs, related to life, as opposed to “inorganic”, that would be the term assigned to all that is lifeless. They were given the name of organics in the nineteenth century by the belief that they could only be synthesized by living organisms. The theory that organic compounds were fundamentally different from “inorganic”, was disproved with the synthesis of urea, a compound “organic” by definition as found in the urine of living organisms made from synthetic cyanate Potassium and ammonium sulfate by Friedrich W hler (in W hler synthesis). Carbon compounds which are still considered inorganic are those that already were before the time of W hler, ie those found from sources without life, “inorganic”, such as minerals.
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