A major branch of chemistry which embraces all compounds of carbon except such
binary compounds as the carbon oxides, the carbides, carbon disulfide, etc.; such ternary
compounds as the metallic cyanides, metallic carbonyls, phosgene (COCl2), carbonyl sulfide
(COS), etc.; and the metallic carbonates, such as calcium carbonate and sodium carbonate.
The total number of organic compounds is indeterminate, but some 6,000,000 have been
identified and named
Important areas of organic chemistry include polymerization, hydrogenation,
isomerization, fermentation, photochemistry, and stereochemistry. There is no sharp
dividing line between organic and inorganic chemistry, for the two often tend to overlap.