chemical UK US /ˈkemɪkəl/ noun [C]
any basic substance which is used in or produced by a reaction involving changes to atoms or molecules: »

The government has pledged to reduce the amount of chemicals used in food production.


Each year, factories release millions of tonnes of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere.

chemical UK US /ˈkemɪkəl/ adjective
relating to chemicals: »

The chemical industry produces such things as petrochemicals, drugs, paint, and rubber.

chemically adverb

The fund provides money to clean up chemically polluted industrial sites.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • chemically — chemical ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to chemistry or chemicals. ► NOUN ▪ a distinct compound or substance, especially one which has been artificially prepared or purified. DERIVATIVES chemically adverb. ORIGIN French chimique, from Latin alchimia… …   English terms dictionary

  • chemically — adverb see chemical I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chemically — See chemical. * * * …   Universalium

  • chemically — adverb a) Using a chemical reaction, process or operation. b) According to the principles of chemistry …   Wiktionary

  • chemically — adv. according to chemistry; in a chemical manner …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chemically — chem·i·cal·ly …   English syllables

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