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A chemical symbol is an abbreviation of the name of a chemical element. The name is derived from the name of the element, which is usually in Latin. Chemical symbols are made up of one or two letters.


The chemical symbol for water can be written as H2O, with the 2 written is subscript, or as HOH. HOH is the less-common symbol used when referring to water.


The chemical symbol for the type of alcohol found in beverages is C2H5OH. It is known as ethyl alcohol, ethanol or grain alcohol. Other types of alcohol include methanol and isopropanol, which are poisonous to drink.


The chemical symbol of an element is determined by the language used to abbreviate the element. Most chemical symbols use abbreviations of the English name for the element, such as "O" for oxygen, "H" for hydrogen or "Ar" for argon.


The chemical symbol for oxygen is "O." Oxygen is number 8 on the periodic table of the elements, and it is part of the chalcogen group.


The chemical symbol for glucose is C6H12O6. Glucose is a simple sugar substance called a monosaccharide, which is a carbohydrate that contains the elements carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Another name for glucose is dextrose.


The systematic names for water, as determined by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), are water and oxidane, although water is the more commonly used term by chemists. The traditional name has been retained for ease of communication.


Chemical symbols represent elements, while chemical formulas represent chemical compounds. Chemical symbols are also known as element symbols. Because compounds are formed by individual elements coming together, chemical formulas are composed of several chemical symbols.


Iconic car names include Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley and Rolls Royce. Their respective logos are a black prancing horse set on a yellow background, a raging bull, the letter B with wings on both sides and two R’s interwoven together to create a single symbol.


Sugar is the name of a group of organic compounds such as glucose, fructose and sucrose. Each of these compounds can be expressed by its own unique chemical formula, almost always as CnHnOn, where "n" is often a number between 3 and 7.