What Is the Scientific Name for Water?

The scientific name for water is simply "water." Being a chemical compound, water has alternative names based on its chemical composition. Using the rules and conventions set by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), water may also be called dihydrogen monoxide, dihydrogen oxide, hydrogen hydroxide, or hydric acid. It should be noted that these chemical names for water are seldom used even by scientists. However, these technically correct chemical names for water have been used for pranks, hoaxes, and alarmist parodies.

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