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chemical reaction

Line breaks: chem|ical re|ac¦tion

Definition of chemical reaction in English:

noun

A process that involves rearrangement of the molecular or ionic structure of a substance, as distinct from a change in physical form or a nuclear reaction.
Example sentences
  • They each have different chemical reactions because of their molecular structure.
  • A burning cigarette is a complex system in which many types of chemical reactions and physical processes occur in parallel.
  • Soaps are created by the chemical reaction of a fatty acid with an alkali metal hydroxide.

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