Carbon number

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In organic chemistry, the carbon number of a compound is the number of carbon atoms in each molecule.[1] The properties of hydrocarbons can be correlated with the carbon number, although the carbon number alone does not give an indication of the saturation of the organic compound. When describing a particular molecule, the "carbon number" is also the ordinal position of a particular carbon atom in a chain.

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  1. ^ Nava Dayan, Lambros Kromidas (ed.) Formulating, Packaging, and Marketing of Natural Cosmetic Products John Wiley & Sons, 2011; ISBN 047048408X; page 218