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chemistry

[ kem-uh-stree ]
/ ˈkɛm ə stri /
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noun, plural chem·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.

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Origin of chemistry

1590–1600; chemist + -ry; replacing chymistry, chimistry
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British Dictionary definitions for chemistry

chemistry
/ (ˈkɛmɪstrɪ) /

noun plural -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
informal a reaction, taken to be instinctual, between two persons

Word Origin for chemistry

C17: from earlier chimistrie, from chimist chemist
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
[ kĕmĭ-strē ]

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
[ kĕmĭ-strē ]

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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