[kem-i-kuh l] /ˈkɛm ɪ kəl/
a substance produced by or used in a chemical process.
chemicals, Slang. narcotic or mind-altering drugs or substances.
of, used in, produced by, or concerned with or chemicals:
a chemical formula; chemical agents.
used in :
any substance used in or resulting from a reaction involving changes to atoms or molecules, especially one derived artificially for practical use
of or used in chemistry: chemical balance
of, made from, or using chemicals: chemical fertilizer
1570s, “relating to chemistry,” from chemic “of alchemy” (a worn-down derivative of Medieval Latin alchimicus; see alchemy) + -al (1). In early use also of alchemy. Related: Chemically.
1747, from chemical (adj.). Related: Chemicals.
chemical chem·i·cal (kěm’ĭ-kəl)
Adjective Relating to or produced by means of chemistry.
Noun A substance having a specific molecular composition, obtained by or used in a chemical process.
- Chemical abuse
chemical abuse n. See substance abuse.
- Chemical attraction
chemical attraction n. The force of attraction between atoms that causes them to form and maintain certain combinations.
- Chemical antidote
chemical antidote n. A substance that unites with a poison to form an innocuous chemical compound.
- Chemical blonde
noun phrase (also bleached blonde, peroxide blonde, bottle blonde) A blonde whose hair is given its colors by a bleach or another compound: That’s why both the chemical blonde and the pony-tailed pugilist made my stomach perform a nauseous little flip (1990s+)