Definition of chemistry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɛmɪstri/

noun (plural chemistries)

[mass noun]
1The branch of science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances.
Example sentences
  • The plight of other sciences like physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics however, has not been recognised.
  • So I did a first year dentistry course which was physics, chemistry, maths and science.
  • It includes some of all the other sciences: physics, chemistry, and even biology in the form of nuclear medicine.
1.1The chemical composition and properties of a substance or body: the patient’s blood chemistry was monitored regularly [count noun]: the chemistries of other galaxies
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  • Many studies have observed significant changes in soil chemistry created by mound building animals in a wide range of habitats.
  • Not surprisingly, since the target molecules vary, insecticide chemistries vary.
  • Then we could study their brain chemistry and try to figure it out.
2The complex emotional or psychological interaction between people: their affair was triggered by intense sexual chemistry
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  • Since the film is a character drama, it relies very heavily on the interaction and chemistry between the characters.
  • There's clearly something between these two, although it's more in the nature of sexual chemistry than love.
  • Anyway, he was charming, funny, smart and we had complete chemistry.

Words that rhyme with chemistry

biochemistry, photochemistry

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Line breaks: chem|is¦try

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