One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A constituent part of a molecule to be synthesized which is regarded as the basis of a synthetic procedure.
- ‘These chains interact via C-Br X synthons to form the three-dimensional structure.’
- ‘In the processes according to this aspect of the invention, any of the monomer synthons according to the invention is used in place of the conventional beta-cyanoethyl phosphoramidite.’
- ‘Thus, sulfur compounds derived from Halothane were found to be useful new synthons for organofluorine compounds.’
- ‘Another group discussed comprises carbanionic synthons in which the carbon atom carries a singly bonded heteratom.’
1960s: from synthesis + -on.
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