[ kem-i-kuh l ]
/ ˈkɛm ɪ kəl /


a substance produced by or used in a chemical process.
chemicals, Slang. narcotic or mind-altering drugs or substances.


of, used in, produced by, or concerned with chemistry or chemicals: a chemical formula; chemical agents.
used in chemical warfare: chemical weapons.

Origin of chemical

1570–80; chemic + -al1; replacing chimical chemic

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British Dictionary definitions for chemical

/ (ˈkɛmɪkəl) /


any substance used in or resulting from a reaction involving changes to atoms or molecules, especially one derived artificially for practical use


of or used in chemistrychemical balance
of, made from, or using chemicalschemical fertilizer

Derived forms of chemical

chemically, adverb
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Medical definitions for chemical

[ kĕmĭ-kəl ]


Of or relating to chemistry.
Of or relating to the properties or actions of chemicals.


A substance with a distinct molecular composition that is produced by or used in a chemical process.
A drug, especially an illicit or addictive one.

Other words from chemical

chemi•cal•ly adv.
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Scientific definitions for chemical

[ kĕmĭ-kəl ]


Relating to or produced by means of chemistry.


A substance having a specific molecular composition, obtained by or used in a chemical process.
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