chemical

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chemic (alchemy) +‎ -al (related to)

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chemical (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Of or relating to alchemy.
  2. Of or relating to chemistry.
  3. Of or relating to a material or processes not commonly found in nature or in a particular product.

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chemical (plural chemicals)

  1. (chemistry, sciences) Any specific chemical element or chemical compound.
  2. (colloquial) An artificial chemical compound.
    I color my hair with henna, not chemicals.
  3. (slang) An addictive drug.

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  • The noun is frequently used in a slang and more specific non-technical way (2nd and 3rd definition) by the general public. Chemists and those who understand chemistry may gravitate toward the first, but the term "substance" is preferred usage.

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