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acepromazine an oily orange compound used to immobilize large animals, to stop nausea, and to tranquilize.
acetal a colorless, flammable, volatile liquid compound used as a solvent, in perfumes and cosmetics, in organic synthesis, and to induce hypnosis. [1/2 definitions]
acetate a chemical compound derived from acetic acid. [1/2 definitions]
acetic acid a clear, colorless, sour liquid compound that is the main ingredient in vinegar and is used in solvents, acetate fibers, plastics, and other products.
acetone a chemical compound, highly volatile and flammable, used in making compounds and as a solvent, as in paints.
acetylcholine a form of this compound used in medicine for its ability to decrease blood pressure and cause muscular movement in such organs as the alimentary canal. [1/2 definitions]
acinus one of the small secreting sacs in a compound gland. [1/2 definitions]
adenosine an organic compound that is made up of adenine and ribose and found in nucleic acids, and that may be obtained as a white crystalline powder through the hydrolysis of yeast.
ADP a biochemical compound involved in the storing and releasing of energy in all living cells; adenosine diphosphate. (Cf. ATP.)
agrimony any of various related plants of the rose family that have compound feathery leaves and bear long clusters of small yellow flowers on spiky stalks, and a prickly fruit. [1/2 definitions]
aliphatic indicating an organic chemical compound in which the carbon atoms make an open chain.
allomorph any of several alternate structural forms of the same chemical compound; paramorph. [1/2 definitions]
amide an organic compound derived from ammonia, such as acetamide, or a metallic derivative, such as sodium amide.
ammonia ammonium hydroxide, the compound formed by dissolving ammonia gas in water. [1/2 definitions]
ammoniate a compound that contains ammonia. [1/2 definitions]
ammonification infusion with ammonia or an ammonium compound, as in the production of fertilizer. [1/2 definitions]
amygdalin an organic compound derived from bitter almonds and related fruits, used to produce laetrile and as an expectorant.
anastigmatic free from astigmatism; esp. of compound lenses, being such that each part of the lens corrects the astigmatism in the other part.
anhydride a chemical compound derived from another through the removal of water.
aromatic of or being benzene or a benzene-related compound. [2/3 definitions]
arsenic a tasteless, odorless, extremely poisonous white compound of arsenic and oxygen, used as a pesticide; arsenous acid; arsenic trioxide. [1/2 definitions]