Merck Index

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First issue, titled Merck's Index

The Merck Index is an encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs and biologicals with over 10,000 monographs on single substances or groups of related compounds.[1] It also includes an appendix with monographs on organic named reactions. It was published by the United States pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. from 1889 until 2012, when the title was acquired by the Royal Society of Chemistry.[2] An online version of The Merck Index, including historic records and new updates not in the print edition,[1] is commonly available through research libraries.

The current edition is the 15th, published in April 2013.

Monographs in The Merck Index typically contain:[1]


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  1. ^ a b c "Database Introduction". 
  2. ^ "RSC acquires The Merck Index". Retrieved 7 January 2015. 

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