In chemistry, the homologous series for hydrocarbons uses the following prefixes:
Why are these prefixes used, instead of just using "uni-", "di-", "tri-"?
I looked up the prefixes, but there is no dictionary record of them. Still, I think "uni-", "di-", "tri-", were invented first.
Is there a specific reason why, instead of using the normal counting prefixes, new prefixes were used or made up, assuming they were made up for this specific purpose?