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I have decided to dedicate the next few blog posting to molecules with unusual names.

First up, is moronic acid.

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Moronhic acid has the unbelievably complicated IUPAC name:

4aS,6aR,6aS,6bR,8aS,12aS,14aS)- 2,2,6a,6b,9,9,12a-heptamethyl- 10-oxo-4,5,6,6a,7,8,8a,11,12, 13,14,14a-dodecahydro-3H- picene-4a-carboxylic acid (!)

It is extracted from the Chinese sumac or nutgall tree, Rhus chinensis.The plant is traditionally believed to hold medicinal appplications.

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One of its derivatives has been shown to be a particularly potent with HIV and the herpes simplex virus.