What is the definition of chemistry

chemistry

[ kem-uh-stree ]

/ ˈkɛm ə stri /

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noun,pluralchem·is·tries.

the science that deals with the composition and properties of substances and various elementary forms of matter.Compare element(def 2).

chemical properties, reactions, phenomena, etc.: the chemistry of carbon.

the interaction of one personality with another: The chemistry between him and his boss was all wrong.

sympathetic understanding; rapport: the astonishing chemistry between the actors.

any or all of the elements that make up something: the chemistry of love.

Words nearby chemistry

chemisette, chemism, chemisorb, chemisorption, chemist, chemistry, chemmy, chemnitz, chemo, chemo-, chemo-organotroph

Origin of chemistry

1590–1600;chemist + -ry; replacing chymistry, chimistry

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Examples from the Web for chemistry

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  • Stars also have distinctive spectra, determined by their temperature, size, and, to a lesser degree, their chemistry.

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  • A man not only known for his extensive knowledge of chemistry, but distinguished for his philosophy and patriotism.

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British Dictionary definitions for chemistry

chemistry


nounplural-tries

the branch of physical science concerned with the composition, properties, and reactions of substancesSee also inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry

the composition, properties, and reactions of a particular substance

the nature and effects of any complex phenomenonthe chemistry of humour

informala reaction, taken to be instinctual, between two persons

Word Origin for chemistry

C17: from earlier chimistrie, from chimistchemist

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for chemistry

chemistry


n.

The science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic and molecular systems.

The composition, structure, properties, and reactions of a substance.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for chemistry

chemistry


The scientific study of the structure, properties, and reactions of the chemical elements and the compounds they form.

The composition, structure, properties, and reactions of a substance.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for chemistry

chemistry


The study of the composition, properties, and reactions of matter, particularly at the level of atoms and molecules.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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