chemical

[[t]ke̱mɪk(ə)l[/t]]
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chemicals
1) ADJ: ADJ n Chemical means involving or resulting from a reaction between two or more substances, or relating to the substances that something consists of.

...chemical reactions that cause ozone destruction.

...the chemical composition of the ocean.

...chemical weapons.

Derived words:
chemically [[t]ke̱mɪkli[/t]] ADV ADV with v, ADV adj

...chemically treated foods...

The medicine chemically affects your physiology.

2) N-COUNT: usu pl Chemicals are substances that are used in a chemical process or made by a chemical process.

The whole food chain is affected by the over-use of chemicals in agriculture.

...a chemicals company.

...the chemical industry.


English dictionary. 2008.

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