Chemical Chem"ic*al, n. A substance used for producing a chemical effect; a reagent. [1913 Webster]

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  • chemical — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to chemistry or chemicals. ► NOUN ▪ a distinct compound or substance, especially one which has been artificially prepared or purified. DERIVATIVES chemically adverb. ORIGIN French chimique, from Latin alchimia alchemy …   English terms dictionary

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  • chemical — Relating to chemistry. * * * chem·i·cal kem i kəl adj 1) of, relating to, used in, or produced by chemistry 2 a) acting or operated or produced by chemicals b) detectable by chemical means chem·i·cal·ly i k(ə )lē adv chemical n …   Medical dictionary

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