One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chemistry. In inorganic chemistry: a compound, especially a binary compound, whose molecule contains one atom of a specified element. In organic chemistry: a derivative whose molecule contains only a single substituted group or radical.
2Pharmacology. A pharmaceutical drug used alone, as in monotherapy.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Watts (1815–1884), chemist. From mono- + compound.
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