Organic chemistry is not only an important branch of chemical science but very much contributes to the modern industrialized civilization and has a profound effect on the habits of modern society.
Though the word "organic" refers to the living things, the modern organic chemistry is defined as the study of compounds containing carbon which are either originated from living organisms or prepared synthetically in the laboratories. Most of the compounds in the nature like carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes, vitamins, lipids and nucleic acids contain carbon and the reactions that take place in biological systems are organic reactions. However, not only those present in the nature, but millions of the organic compounds are synthetically prepared. These include synthetic polymers like synthetic fabrics, synthetic rubbers, plastics; medicines; organic dyes etc.
Organic chemistry deals with the study of structure, properties: both chemical and physical, synthesis and applications of organic compounds, which always contain carbon as one of the element.
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