"Cyano" vs. "Cyanido"

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Chloe Alviz 1E
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"Cyano" vs. "Cyanido"

Postby Chloe Alviz 1E » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:47 am

In some of the naming coordination compounds on the homework set, I noticed how some complexes had the name "cyano-" or "cyanido". How do we know when to use which?

Sanjana Borle 2K
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Re: "Cyano" vs. "Cyanido"

Postby Sanjana Borle 2K » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:53 am

"Cyano" is the conventional way of naming whereas "cyanido" is the new IUPAC way of naming. I believe that Lavelle accepts both, but uses the conventional way in all his examples. They both mean the same thing and either one is acceptable.

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