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reactant

[ree-ak-tuh nt]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that reacts.
  2. Also called interactant. Chemistry. any substance that undergoes a chemical change in a given reaction.
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Origin of reactant

First recorded in 1925–30; react + -ant
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Related Words for reactant

impetus, motivation, incentive, stimulant, incitement, reactionary, spur, goad, incendiary, agitator, impulse, incitation, reactant, synergist, adjuvant, enzyme, yeast, leaven, ferment

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Historical Examples of reactant

  • No matter what distance or reactant I assume, nothing we know will fit.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • "She's been stripped of her reactant pile, Major," said Strong.

    The Revolt on Venus

    Carey Rockwell

  • What kind of reactant is Quent Miles using in that ship of yours?

    Treachery in Outer Space

    Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman

  • "Reactant feeding at D-9 rate," said Barret after a split-second pause.

    Sabotage in Space

    Carey Rockwell

  • I don't know who's going to be first, but I can't even strip my ship by tomorrow morning, let alone soup up the reactant.

    Treachery in Outer Space

    Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman


British Dictionary definitions for reactant

reactant

noun
  1. 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

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

reactant in Medicine

reactant

(rē-ăktənt)
n.
  1. A substance participating in a chemical reaction, especially a directly reacting substance present at the start of the reaction.
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reactant in Science

reactant

[rē-ăktənt]
  1. A substance participating in a chemical reaction, especially one present at the start of the reaction.
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