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What is "organic chemistry" currently defined as?

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Organic chemistry is a sub-discipline of chemistry that involves the scientific study of the structure, properties and reactions of organic compounds and organic materials, such as matter in its various forms that contain carbon atoms. Modern research focuses on organic chemistry involving organometallics, including lanthanides and especially transition metals.

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A major focus of organic chemistry is the isolation, purification, and structural study of naturally occurring substances, such as hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus, the structural possibilities of carbon compounds and other elements. There is also synthetic organic chemistry, which is an applied science because it borders on engineering and involves the design, analysis, and/or construction of works for practical purposes.

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