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Etymology of 'base'

  1. Oct 25, 2011 #1
    I wonder why bases are called so? In other languages they are named according to the same principles, but I don't get what are they. So why would scientists give a name like 'base' to the respective substance?
     
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  3. Oct 26, 2011 #2

    danago

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    It is something that i have thought about before, but never really did try looking for an answer. I just did a bit of a search on google and found this:

    http://h2g2.com/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A708257
    It doesn't give a definitive answer, but i guess it is a possibility.
     
  4. Oct 26, 2011 #3

    danago

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    I just came across this article which may give more insight:

    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed083p1130

     
  5. Oct 27, 2011 #4
    Thanks a lot, this was really helpful!
     
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