chemistry

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Etymology[edit]

First coined 1605. From chemist, chymist, from Latin alchimista, from Arabic الكيمياء (al-kīmiyāʾ), from article ال- (al-) + Ancient Greek χυμεία (khumeia, art of alloying metals), from χύμα (khuma, fluid), from χυμός (khumos, juice), from χέω (kheō, I pour).

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chemistry (countable and uncountable, plural chemistries)

  1. (uncountable) The branch of natural science that deals with the composition and constitution of substances and the changes that they undergo as a consequence of alterations in the constitution of their molecules.
  2. (countable) An application of chemical theory and method to a particular substance.
    the chemistry of iron
    the chemistry of indigo
  3. (informal) The mutual attraction between two people; rapport.

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  • Historical note: This word and its derivatives were formerly spelled chy- or sometimes chi- (i.e., chymistry, chymist, chymical, etc., or chimistry, chimist, chimical, etc.) with pronunciation depending on the spelling.

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