# What is the main element needed to consider a compound organic?

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Jan 13, 2017

Carbon $C$

#### Explanation:

Life as we know it , is based on more or less complicated carbon-based molecules. we may say that (almost) all 'organic' compounds contain carbon.

On the other hand: not all carbon containing compounds are organic. An example is calcium carbonate $C a C {O}_{3}$, also known as calcite, marble o.a., that may have a non-organic origin.