Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Inorganic \In`or*gan"ic\, a. [Pref. in- not + organic: cf. F. inorganique.]
Not organic; without the organs necessary for life; devoid of an organized structure; unorganized; lifeness; inanimate.
(Chem.) Of or pertaining to compounds that are not derivatives of hydrocarbons; not organic.
Note: The term inorganic is used to denote any one the large series of substances (as minerals, metals, etc.), which are not directly connected with vital processes, either in origin or nature, and which are broadly and relatively contrasted with organic substances. See Organic.
Inorganic Chemistry. See under Chemistry.
Chemistry \Chem"is*try\ (k[e^]m"[i^]s*tr[y^]; 277), n. [From Chemist. See Alchemy.]
That branch of science which treats of the composition of substances, and of the changes which they undergo in consequence of alterations in the constitution of the molecules, which depend upon variations of the number, kind, or mode of arrangement, of the constituent atoms. These atoms are not assumed to be indivisible, but merely the finest grade of subdivision hitherto attained. Chemistry deals with the changes in the composition and constitution of molecules. See Atom, Molecule.
Note: Historically, chemistry is an outgrowth of alchemy (or alchemistry), with which it was anciently identified.
An application of chemical theory and method to the consideration of some particular subject; as, the chemistry of iron; the chemistry of indigo.
A treatise on chemistry.
Note: This word and its derivatives were formerly written with y, and sometimes with i, instead of e, in the first syllable, chymistry, chymist, chymical, etc., or chimistry, chimist, chimical, etc.; and the pronunciation was conformed to the orthography.
Inorganic chemistry, that which treats of inorganic or mineral substances.
Organic chemistry, that which treats of the substances which form the structure of organized beings and their products, whether animal or vegetable; -- called also chemistry of the carbon compounds. There is no fundamental difference between organic and inorganic chemistry.
Physiological chemistry, the chemistry of the organs and tissues of the body, and of the various physiological processes incident to life.
Practical chemistry, or Applied chemistry, that which treats of the modes of manufacturing the products of chemistry that are useful in the arts, of their applications to economical purposes, and of the conditions essential to their best use.
Pure chemistry, the consideration of the facts and theories of chemistry in their purely scientific relations, without necessary reference to their practical applications or mere utility.
n. (context chemistry English) The chemistry of the elements (including carbon), and those compounds that do not contain carbon.
n. the chemistry of compounds that do not contain hydrocarbon radicals
Inorganic chemistry deals with the synthesis and behavior of inorganic and organometallic compounds. This field covers all chemical compounds except the myriad organic compounds (carbon based compounds, usually containing C-H bonds), which are the subjects of organic chemistry. The distinction between the two disciplines is far from absolute, and there is much overlap, most importantly in the subdiscipline of organometallic chemistry. It has applications in every aspect of the chemical industry, including catalysis, materials science, pigments, surfactants, coatings, medications, fuels, and agriculture.
Inorganic Chemistry is abstracted and indexed in Chemical Abstracts Service, Scopus, EBSCOhost, Thomson-Gale, ProQuest, PubMed, Web of Science, and SwetsWise.
The current editor-in-chief is William Tolman.
Usage examples of "inorganic chemistry".
But just as there are many intermediate stages between all extreme designations, it has long been impossible to draw a rigid boundary line between organic and inorganic chemistry.
They could again explore the field of inorganic chemistry, even though results in the past had produced nothing of value, and they could, within a few years, resume the metal prospecting up the plateau—.
They could again explore the field of inorganic chemistry, even though results in the past had produced nothing of value, and they could, within a few years, resume the metal prospecting up the plateauthe most important project of all.
He's a professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Washington.
Though a qualified physician, he had forgotten most of his inorganic chemistry and didn't remember exactly what the developing chemicals were.
Though a qualified physician, he had forgotten most of his inorganic chemistry and didn’.
Through the use of technology and inorganic chemistry, so was the case with the body of the traveler in this device.
Instructor's lab manuals starting with basic inorganic chemistry and running up through organic synthesis.