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Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, Vol. 80, No. 8, pp. 1719-1723

Description of chemical systems by their properties

René Dybkær

Department of Standardization in Laboratory Medicine, Region H Frederiksberg Hospital, Nordre Fasanvej 57, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

Abstract: Proper handling and communication of data on chemical systems require knowledge about the mathematical characteristics of different types of property and the unambiguous representation of singular properties. Using the terminology of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the concept "property" is generically divided according to various statistical characteristics of property values. The formatting of representation of dedicated kinds-of-property as elaborated by clinical chemists in the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) should ensure correct data transmission between laboratory dialects in any chemical discipline.