Meaning of CHEMICAL in English


I. ˈkemə̇kəl, -ēk- adjective

Etymology: alteration of earlier chimical, from chimic (earlier form of chemic ) + -al


a. obsolete : alchemical

b. archaic : of or relating to Paracelsian medicine specifically as it opposes Galenic medicine

2. : relating to applications of chemistry: as

a. : acting or operated by chemical means

a chemical extinguisher

b. : treated with or performed by the aid of chemicals

chemical development in photography

c. : produced by chemical means or synthesized from chemicals

chemical fiber

chemical rubber

d. : suitable for use in or used for operations in chemistry

a chemical laboratory

a chemical plant

3. : having reference to or relating to the science of chemistry: as

a. : occupied with chemistry

a chemical researcher

chemical societies

b. : dealing with chemistry

a chemical journal

chemical nomenclature

c. : characterized by the phenomena of chemistry

chemical changes

chemical forces

4. : of or relating to rocks (as gypsum, salt, and most limestones) that are deposited from solution

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: alteration of earlier chimical, from chimical, adjective

: a substance (as an acid, alkali, salt, synthetic organic compound) obtained by a chemical process, prepared for use in chemical manufacture, or used for producing a chemical effect — see fine chemical , heavy chemical

III. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: chemicalize

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