Meaning of CHEMICAL in English


■ adjective relating to chemistry or ~s.

↘relating to or denoting the use of poison gas or other ~s as weapons of war.

■ noun a distinct compound or substance, especially one which has been artificially prepared or purified.

↘an addictive drug.


~ly adverb


C16: from Fr. chimique or mod. L. chimicus , chymicus , from med. L. alchymicus , from alchimia (see alchemy ).

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