phys·​i·​co·​chem·​i·​cal ˌfi-zi-kō-ˈke-mi-kəl How to pronounce physicochemical (audio)
: being physical and chemical
: of or relating to chemistry that deals with the physicochemical properties of substances
physicochemically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The analysis leads us to conclude that abiogenesis and evolution, rather than manifesting two discrete stages in the emergence of complex life, actually constitute one single physicochemical process. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 14 Feb. 2012 To tackle this problem, researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research identified a gel that closely mimics the physicochemical properties of organs that have undergone the tissue clearing process. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, 1 May 2020 Researchers next did tests for active infections and past exposures, probed the genetics of vaginal microbes, and looked at the physicochemical properties of vaginal fluids. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 27 Sep. 2019 All the genes together form the master DNA program, which is copied and run simultaneously in trillions of cells to achieve this miracle of physicochemical engineering. Quanta Magazine, 5 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of physicochemical was in 1664

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Cite this Entry

“Physicochemical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


phys·​i·​co·​chem·​i·​cal ˌfiz-i-kō-ˈkem-i-kəl How to pronounce physicochemical (audio)
: being physical and chemical
: of or relating to physical chemistry
physicochemically adverb
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