Nomenclature and Terminology (including IUPAC color books)

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  • The IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology is the definitive guide to chemical terminology; it now contains more than 7000 entries, is easy to browse, search, and navigate.
  • This book provides a readable compilation of widely used terms and symbols from many sources together with brief understandable definitions. Full text pdf with with bookmark by chapters and sections is available. (PDF available)
  • The 'Red Book' clarifies and continues to update recommendations concerning the names and formulae of inorganic compounds and reflects major recent developments in inorganic chemistry.
  • A Brief guide to the nomenclature of inorganic chemistry has been published in PAC 87(9-10), pp.1039-1049 (2015). The online version of this article,, offers as supplementary material, a four-sided document readily available for inclusion in textbooks and similar publications.
  • The second edition of the IUPAC Compendium of Polymer Terminology and Nomenclature (IUPAC Recommendations 2008) is an expansion and revision of the 1991 edition and contains 22 chapters. This new edition continues the significant contribution to clear and precise communication in polymer science made by its predecessor.(PDF available)
  • A Brief guide to polymer nomenclature has been published in PAC 84(10), pp 2167-2169 (2012). A two-sided document readily available for reprint is available from
  • The Web edition of the IUPAC Compendium on Analytical Terminology provides ease of access to the extensive information contained in its recommendations.

Compendium of Terminology and Nomenclature of Properties Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Silver book)

  • Compendium of Terminology and Nomenclature of Properties in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Recommendations 1995)
    Rigg, J.C.; Brown, S.S.; Dybkaer, R. and Olesen, H. Blackwell Science, 1995 [ISBN 0-86542-6120]
  • 2016 edition in production (see project 2007-033-3-700)
  • The Biochemical Nomenclature and Related Documents (1992) presents IUPAC-IUBMB (International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Joint Commissions' recommendations; it includes sections on amino acids, peptides and proteins, enzymes, nucleotides, nucleic acids and protein synthesis, carbohydrates, lipids, etc.