reactant

[ree-ak-tuh nt]

noun

a person or thing that reacts.
Also called interactant. Chemistry. any substance that undergoes a chemical change in a given reaction.

Nearby words

  1. reaches,
  2. reaching jib,
  3. reacquire,
  4. react,
  5. reactance,
  6. reaction,
  7. reaction chamber,
  8. reaction engine,
  9. reaction formation,
  10. reaction of degeneration

Origin of reactant

First recorded in 1925–30; react + -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for reactant

reactant

noun

a substance that participates in a chemical reaction, esp a substance that is present at the start of the reactionCompare product (def. 4)
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Word Origin and History for reactant

reactant

1901 (n.), 1911 (adj.), from react + -ant.

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Medicine definitions for reactant

reactant

[rē-ăktənt]

n.

A substance participating in a chemical reaction, especially a directly reacting substance present at the start of the reaction.

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Science definitions for reactant

reactant

[rē-ăktənt]

A substance participating in a chemical reaction, especially one present at the start of the reaction.
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