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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Recent Examples on the Web Thermus aquaticus was used in the 1980s by biochemist Kary B. Mullis to help create the polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, which earned him a share of the 1993 Nobel Prize in chemistry. BostonGlobe.com, "Thomas Brock, whose discovery paved the way for PCR tests, dies at 94," 23 Apr. 2021 In chemistry, for example, over 70 higher-education institutions, from São Paulo to Minnesota to Bangkok, have signed up to a Green Chemistry Commitment since 2013, to overhaul curricula. Ciara Nugent, Time, "The Unexpected Ways Climate Change is Reshaping College Education," 16 Apr. 2021 Life on a world is generally regarded as a stabilizing force, the same way that a buffer solution in chemistry prevents the addition of an acid or base from making the entire solution too acidic or too basic. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, "Ask Ethan: Were Mars And Venus Ever Living Planets?," 16 Apr. 2021 Beyond Rodriguez’s blessing, what sold Wright on González was the confidence in her audition, both solo and in a chemistry read with Jon Hamm. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "‘Godzilla vs. Kong’s’ Eiza González is a star in Mexico. Why do so few know her in the U.S.?," 2 Apr. 2021 In 2020, Doudna and Charpentier were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Curt Schleier Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Code Breaker,' by Walter Isaacson," 12 Mar. 2021 In October 2020, Doudna and Charpentier won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, but the patent battles are still raging. Walter Isaacson, STAT, "CRISPR rivals put patents aside to help in fight against Covid-19," 5 Mar. 2021 Biochemist Jennifer Doudna won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2020 for her work on genetic editing. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, "Critic's picks: 10 March book releases to read, including 'The Code Breaker' by Walter Isaacson and a history of Latin music," 4 Mar. 2021 Bernstein is a neurologist with an MD and a PhD in chemistry who became an investment adviser and author. Washington Post, "Why false narratives so often trump reality," 26 Feb. 2021

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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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“Chemistry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemistry. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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chemistry

noun

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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