combinatorial chemistry

noun
com·bi·na·to·ri·al chemistry | \ˌkäm-bə-nə-ˈtōr-ē-əl-, kəm-ˌbī-nə-, -ˈtȯr- \

Medical Definition of combinatorial chemistry 

: a branch of applied chemistry concerned with the rapid synthesis and screening of large numbers of different but related chemical compounds generated from a mixture of known building blocks in order to recover new substances optimally suited for a specific function using combinatorial chemistry to develop new pharmaceuticals and catalysts

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