chemistry

noun

chem·​is·​try ˈke-mə-strē How to pronounce chemistry (audio)
plural chemistries
1
: a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo
2
a
: the composition and chemical properties of a substance
the chemistry of iron
b
: chemical processes and phenomena (as of an organism)
blood chemistry
3
a
: 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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Word History

Etymology

earlier chymistrie, chymistrie, from chymist, chimist chemist + -ry, probably after earlier alchemistri, alcumistry "alchemy"

Note: Regarding distinctions between chemistry and alchemy see note at chemist.

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chemistry was in 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Chemistry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemistry. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

chemistry

noun
chem·​is·​try ˈkem-ə-strē How to pronounce chemistry (audio)
1
: a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the changes that they go through
2
: chemical composition, properties, or processes
the chemistry of gasoline
the chemistry of iron
the chemistry of blood
chemist
-əst
noun
Etymology

an altered form of obsolete chimistry, chymistry "alchemy," derived from Latin alchimista "alchemist," from alchymia "alchemy," from Arabic al-kīmiyā' (same meaning), from al "the" and kīmiyā' "alchemy," from Greek chēmeia "alchemy" — related to alchemy, chemo-

Medical Definition

chemistry

noun
chem·​is·​try ˈkem-ə-strē How to pronounce chemistry (audio)
plural chemistries
1
: a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the transformations that they undergo
2
a
: 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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