trivial name

(redirected from Trivial names)
Also found in: Dictionary, Medical.

trivial name

[′triv·ē·əl ¦nām]
(organic chemistry)
A common name for a chemical compound derived from the names of the natural source of the compound at the time of its isolation and before anything is known about its molecular structure.
References in periodicals archive ?
It contains 4,174 chemical entries and information on their structures, molecular formulas, and chemical names, and provides synonyms for each chemical, as well as other identifiers, trade names, and trivial names, in English and other languages.
(12) However, there is a snag when it comes to certain "trivial names." Simply stated, Canada's INCI Amendment basically adopts the EU's format of listing ingredients (EU INCI) with the exception that it does not require the listing of the "26 fragrance allergens"--although, if one includes them, HC will not object.
Most fatty acids are better known by their trivial names rather than by their systematic names, but in some cases this can be quite confusing.