University Chemistry ›› 2020, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (7): 181-184.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202003104

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A Suggestion to Clarify the Chinese Descriptions on Organic Molecule Symmetries

Zhanhui Yang(), Jiaxi Xu   

  • Received:2020-03-29 Accepted:2020-05-25 Published:2020-05-27
  • Contact: Zhanhui Yang


The terminologies on symmetries are frequently used in organic chemistry. Only very limited discrimination is used in most Chinese organic chemistry textbooks. A same Chinese terminology is indiscriminally used under different scientific situations, which causes misinterpretations for students and scholars. Based on the environment and objects for the use of related English terminologies, this paper suggests three Chinese terminologies, in order to clarify the Chinese descriptions on the symmetries in organic chemistry.

Key words: Organic chemistry, Asymmetric, Dissymmetric, Unsymmetric, Chemical terminology