Analytical Forensic Pharmacology/Glossary of Terms
Aldehyde-Group of organic compounds that contains the group –CHO.
Alkaloid-A naturally-occurring amine produced by a plant
Amine-Organic compound with nitrogen as a key element and is structurally similar to ammonia.
amu–abbreviation for atomic mass
Analyte-A substance being tested for analysis
Assay-A scientific test.
Chromophore-A grouping of that causes coloration. Chromophores are generally groups of atoms that have dissociated or conjugated electrons.
Formaldehyde-The Simplest aldehyde. Chemical structure – HCHO. Also called methanal.
FTIR-Abbreviation for Fourrier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
GC-Abbreviation for Gas Chromatography
Provenance-The origin from of something. For forensic science. In forensic drug analysis, this includes the area where a drug could be grown / made and the chemicals used for its preparation.
Quantitative Property-A characteristic of a substance that exists in a range of magnitudes, and can therefore be measured. Measurements of any particular quantitative property are expressed as a specific quantity, referred to as a unit, multiplied by a number. Examples of physical quantities are distance, mass, and time.
Racemic-Equal mixture of optical isomers
Spectra-A reading or printout from a spectrometer.
Spot Test-Forensic Chemistry Term for a presumptive test that changes color.
TLC-Abbreviation for Thin Layer Chromatography