What's the scientific name of water?Okay so water has 2 hydrogen and 1 oxygen, so it should be dihydrogen monoxide instead of hydrogen monoxide, but wikipedia said water is hydrogen monoxide and...

What's the scientific name of water?

Okay so water has 2 hydrogen and 1 oxygen,

so it should be dihydrogen monoxide instead of hydrogen monoxide,

but wikipedia said water is hydrogen monoxide and dihydrogen monoxide is something else.

i'm confused o.O

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bandmanjoe | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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Water has two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen present in one molecule, so that would be dihydrogen monoxide (2 hydrogens, 1 oxygen).  You must have been looking at something else in the Wikipedia article.  Either that, or someone misstated themselves.

Water is a clear, polar compound consisting of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen.  It is the ultimate physical requirement for virtually all life forms on Earth.  Water accounts for approximately 70% of mass in the human body, and is the standard scientists look for when examining the possibility of life on other planets.  Water is called the universal solvent because so many different substances are solvent in it.  Water can exist in all three physical states on Earth, those being a solid, as ice; a liquid, as liquid water; and a gas, such as water vapor or steam.

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kavya--kammana | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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h2o Which stands for Dihydrogen oxide is what water is made up of, but,
there are certain substances that don't have a so-called scientific name, not even in IUPAC nomenclature. Water is one of those; ammonia is another. If you were to call H2O "dihydrogen oxide", or anything else other than "water" in an exam, your answer would be marked as incorrect.
Similarly, while NH3 might be expected to be called nitrogen trihydride by a strict rendering of the naming rules, this is not recognised either. The only acceptable name is ammonia.

IUPAC = International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

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