chemistry

noun
chem·​is·​try | \ ˈke-mə-strē How to pronounce chemistry (audio) \
plural chemistries

Definition of chemistry

1 : a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo
2a : the composition and chemical properties of a substance the chemistry of iron
b : chemical processes and phenomena (as of an organism) blood chemistry
3a : a strong mutual attraction, attachment, or sympathy they have a special chemistry
b : interaction between people working together specifically : such interaction when harmonious or effective a team lacking chemistry

Examples of chemistry in a Sentence

studying the chemistry of gasoline They tried dating, but there was no chemistry between them. the chemistry of the office
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First Known Use of chemistry

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chemistry

see chemist

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The first known use of chemistry was in 1646

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21 Jan 2020

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“Chemistry.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemistry. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for chemistry

chemistry

noun
How to pronounce chemistry (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chemistry

: a science that deals with the structure and properties of substances and with the changes that they go through
: the structure and properties of a substance : the way a substance changes and reacts with other substances
: a strong attraction between people

chemistry

noun
chem·​is·​try | \ ˈke-mə-strē How to pronounce chemistry (audio) \

Kids Definition of chemistry

1 : a science that deals with the composition and properties of substances and of the changes they undergo
2 : chemical composition and properties the chemistry of food

chemistry

noun
chem·​is·​try | \ ˈkem-ə-strē How to pronounce chemistry (audio) \
plural chemistries

Medical Definition of chemistry

1 : a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the transformations that they undergo
2a : the composition and chemical properties of a substance the chemistry of hemoglobin
b : chemical processes and phenomena (as of an organism) blood chemistry

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