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Old 07-24-2011, 05:07 AM
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Default Re: World's longest word:: way over 9000!

Well, it's a little more complicated. See, certain chemical components have a sound assigned to them. Thus, a "chemical name" is merely chaining of the sounds assigned to its chemical components. Because of that, chemical names can be of indefinite length. You could, for example, say the chemical name an entire chromosome (which is, I believe, a single molecule), and it would likely be longer than what's up there. Chemical formulas are really of an arbitrary length and I don't think they should be considered in the running for the longest word.

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