What is an example of an organic compound?
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What is an example of an organic compound?


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Examples of organic compounds include lipids, proteins, carbohydrates and nucleic acids. An organic compound is any compound containing one or more atoms of carbon covalently bonded to other elements or atoms. In such cases, the carbon is normally bonded to hydrogen, nitrogen or oxygen.

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Not every compound containing carbon is considered organic; examples include carbides, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, cyanates, thyocyanates, cyanides and carbonates. Inorganic compounds lack carbon atoms. The most common example of an inorganic compound is water. The few exceptions of inorganic compounds containing carbon are the carbonates, which are simple oxides of carbon, cyanides and the allotropes of carbon.

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