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chemical

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈkem.ɪ.kəl/
B2 any basic substance that 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 tons of toxic (= poisonous) chemicals into the atmosphere.
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chemical

adjective uk   us   /ˈkem.ɪ.kəl/
B2 relating to chemicals: The chemical industry produces such things as petrochemicals, drugs, and rubber.
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chemically
adverb uk   us   /-i/
The fund provides money to clean up chemically polluted industrial sites.
Translations of “chemical”
in Korean 화학의…
in Arabic كيماوي…
in Portuguese químico…
in Catalan químic…
in Japanese 化学の, 化学薬品の…
in Italian chimico…
in Chinese (Traditional) 化學品, 化學製品…
in Russian химический…
in Turkish kimyasal…
in Chinese (Simplified) 化学品, 化学制品…
in Polish chemiczny…
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