Meaning of “chemistry” in the English Dictionary

"chemistry" in British English

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chemistrynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkem.ɪ.stri/ us /ˈkem.ə.stri/

chemistry noun [ U ] (SCIENCE)

the scientific study of the basic characteristics of substances and the ways in which they react or combine:

She studied chemistry and physics at college.
a chemistry department/laboratory

A2 the basic characteristics of a substance and the ways in which it reacts or combines with other substances:

A team of scientists has been studying the chemistry of the ozone layer.

More examples

  • I failed my physics exam, but I passed chemistry.
  • He studied chemistry in preference to physics at university.
  • As students of chemistry know, even small rearrangements of a molecule's structure can produce a compound that acts differently.
  • Marie Curie was the woman behind enormous changes in the science of chemistry.
  • I was up all night studying, but it was worth it - I aced my chemistry final.

(Definition of “chemistry” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chemistry" in American English

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chemistrynoun [ U ]

us /ˈkem·ə·stri/

science the basic characteristics of substances and the different ways in which they react or combine with other substances, or the scientific study of such substances and the way they act with other substances:

science infml Chemistry is also the ability of people to have a good relationship:

Building a strong team requires paying attention to team chemistry.

(Definition of “chemistry” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)