Can you tell me what's the nomenclature of $\ce{C H_2 O_2}$?

What is its IUPAC name?

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The compound you provided can be written more clearly as $\ce{HCOOH}$

IUPAC name : Formic acid

Systematic name :Methanoic Acid

Other names: Aminic acid, Formylic acid, Hydrogen carboxylic acid, Hydroxymethanone, Hydroxy(oxo)methane, Metacarbonoic acid, Oxocarbinic acid, Oxomethanol

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    $\begingroup$ Well it could also be dioxirane. Maybe Bharat Khanna could precise his question and the context in which he came up to it. $\endgroup$
    – PLD
    Jan 13, 2013 at 21:00
  • $\begingroup$ It could also be dihydroxymethylidene. $\endgroup$
    – Curt F.
    Sep 26, 2016 at 16:44

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