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”).
chemistry (countable and uncountable; plural chemistries)
- (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.
- (countable) An application of chemical theory and method to a particular substance.
- the chemistry of iron
- the chemistry of indigo
- (informal) The mutual attraction between two people; rapport.
Usage notes 
- 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.
Derived terms 
terms derived from chemistry
Related terms 
terms related to chemistry
branch of natural science
application of chemical theory and method to a particular substance
mutual attraction between two people
as modifier: relating to or using chemistry
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