- Chemistry. an atom or atomic group that takes the place of another atom or group present in the molecule of the original compound.
- having been or capable of being substituted.
Origin of substituent
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Here we have assumed the substituent groups to be alike; when they are unlike, a greater number of isomers is possible.
- chem an atom or group that replaces another atom or group in a molecule or can be regarded as replacing an atom in a parent compound
- substituted or substitutable
C19: from Latin substituere to substitute