generic name


generic name
1. In chemistry, a noun that indicates the class or type of a single compound; e.g., salt, saccharide (sugar), hexose, alcohol, aldehyde, lactone, acid, amine, alkane, steroid, vitamin. “Class” is more appropriate and more often used than is “generic.” 2. In the pharmaceutical and commercial fields, a misnomer for nonproprietary name. 3. In the biologic sciences, the first part of the scientific name (Latin binary combination or binomial) of an organism; written with an initial capital letter and in italics. In bacteriology, the species name consists of two parts (comprising one name): the g. and the specific epithet; in other biologic disciplines, the species name is regarded as being composed of two names: the g. and the specific name.

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1. in chemistry, a name applied to a class of compounds, e.g., alkane or halide. 2. nonproprietary n. 3. in biology, the name applied to a genus.

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