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Yoga Korunta

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One learns, as nothing endures but change.

05 December 2006

Tuesday's Word: chemistry

Derived from chemist, from French chimiste, from Greek χυμικός (of or concerning juices).

/ˈkemɪstri/, /"kemIstri/

Wikipedia has an article on:

The branch of science that deals with the composition and constitution of substances and the changes that they undergo as a consequence of alterations in the constitution of their molecules.
(as a modifier) Relating to or using chemistry.
a chemistry lesson
An application of chemical theory and method to a particular substance.
the chemistry of iron; the chemistry of indigo
A treatise on chemistry.
(informal) the mutual attraction between two people; rapport

Historical note
This word and its derivatives were formerly spelled chy- or sometimes chi- (ie, chymistry, chymist, chymical, etc., or chimistry, chimist, chimical, etc. with pronunciation depending on the spelling.

Related terms
applied chemistry
inorganic chemistry
organic chemistry
physiological chemistry
practical chemistry
pure chemistry
chemical equations

Bloggers, this is one of my favored subjects! Isn't it great how science is used to explain the natural world?


Blogger Mary said...

It's all very interesting to me now. I wish I had paid closer attention when I studied it. It would help alot with the firing and glazing reactions.

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

"Chemistry" was another emergency post, as was last week's Word.
I've long admired the ability to create beauty from simple ingredients, such as your mosaics.
Thanks for reading, Mary!

Blogger catherine belle said...

What a great word! I didn't find Chemistry interesting until college. In high school, my teacher stressed the math which is hard to visualize the importance of unless you have some hands-on experience. Chemistry becomes even more interesting when you have to explain it to someone else!

Blogger catherine belle said...

Quick story- One student in my extracurricular activity stated she wanted to be a doctor. I responded by telling her to take all the Chemistry, physics, and biology possible in college and high school. She says to me, "Chemistry? What does that have to do with the human body?" I know my jaw dropped, and for once in my life, I was speechless.

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Math isn't the most interesting part of chemistry. The best part is when the cute little molecules hold hands and run in circles!

I, too, would have been floored. Let's hope she changed majors!

Blogger pissed off patricia said...

There is chemistry around us every day and it provides a wonderful show if we only stop to watch.

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

How right you are, Patricia. From the physical change of the bird bath's freezing to the chemical change of the food's cooking, nothing endures but change.

Thanks for reading!


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