Chemistry terms are used to describe the various chemical elements, compounds, processes and tests. Whether you're in the classroom or the lab, chemistry terms are necessary for proper communication. Click here to check out some great chemistry articles.


Flame, a brightly burning mixture of gases. In an ordinary flame, the gas of a fuel combines with oxygen in the air, and light and heat are produced.

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  • 10 Scientific Words You're Probably Using Wrong

    10 Scientific Words You're Probably Using Wrong

    If you have a theory that potato chips are making you fat (with the proof being your expanding waistline), you've just used two scientific terms in a very unscientific way. See more »

  • Decay


    Decay, the breaking down, or decomposing, of dead tissue or organic matter into simpler chemical compounds. See more »

  • Pitch


    Pitch, a dark-colored, thick, sticky substance produced from any one of several sources. See more »

  • Additive


    Additive, a chemical substance added to a material—usually in small amounts—to impart or enhance desirable properties or to lessen or suppress undesirable properties. See more »

  • Alchemy


    Alchemy, an ancient experimental science, dealing mainly with metallurgy, that was the forerunner of chemistry. See more »

  • Allotropy


    Allotropy, the property that certain chemical elements have of existing in two or more different forms in the same physical state (gas, liquid, or solid). See more »

  • Alnico


    Alnico, any of several magnetic alloys composed of iron, aluminum, nickel, and cobalt. See more »

  • Banana Oil

    Banana Oil

    Banana Oil, a colorless, man-made liquid chemical with the odor of bananas. It is used in flavorings; as a solvent for certain lacquers and paints; in the manufacture of film; in the production of artificial pearls, rayon, artificial leather, and paints; and in the extraction of penicillin. See more »

  • Blowpipe


    Blowpipe, a tube through which a steady stream of air is blown. Short, tapered blowpipes of brass or glass are used by chemists and mineralogists to blow air into an alcohol or gas flame. See more »

  • Boiling


    Boiling, the process of changing a liquid into a vapor by the application of heat. See more »

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