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reactant

[ ree-ak-tuh nt ]
/ riˈæk tənt /
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noun

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

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reaches, reaching jib, reacquire, react, reactance, reactant, reaction, reaction chamber, reaction engine, reaction formation, reaction of degeneration

Origin of reactant

First recorded in 1925–30; react + -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for reactant

reactant

/ (rɪˈæktənt) /

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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