Definitions for chemical compound
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compound, chemical compound(noun)
(chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
Any substance formed by the union of two or more chemical elements in a fixed ratio, the union being a chemical bond.
Any single substance, either compound or element
A chemical compound is a pure chemical substance consisting of two or more different chemical elements that can be separated into simpler substances by chemical reactions. Chemical compounds have a unique and defined chemical structure; they consist of a fixed ratio of atoms that are held together in a defined spatial arrangement by chemical bonds. Chemical compounds can be molecular compounds held together by covalent bonds, salts held together by ionic bonds, intermetallic compounds held together by metallic bonds, or complexes held together by coordinate covalent bonds. Pure chemical elements are not considered chemical compounds, even if they consist of molecules that contain only multiple atoms of a single element, which are called diatomic molecules or polyatomic molecules.
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