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Chemistry

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Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Registry Numbers

The fastest and most reliable way to find information about a compound in a resource is to use the Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CASRN). This is like a social security number for compounds and is often used as an indexing tool in many chemistry resources. Look for it as a series of three numbers, often inside of square brackets:  [XXXX-XX-X].

To lookup a compound's CASRN, search one of the below resources using the compound's name.

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