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chemical compound definition


This page has two definitions of chemical compound in English. Chemical compound is a noun. Also define these 8 related words and terms: chemistry, union, element, ratio, chemical bond, elementary substance, substance, and chemical.



chemical compound (plural chemical compounds)

  1. (chemistry) Any substance formed by the union of two or more chemical elements in a fixed ratio, the union being a chemical bond.
    Antonym: elementary substance
    • Chemistry definition
      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. (1 of 3 chemistry definitions)
    • Elementary Substance definition
      A pure chemical substance consisting of a single element (e.g. hydrogen gas).
  2. (informal, proscribed) Any single substance, either compound or element
    Synonym: chemical