Definitions for qualitative analysis
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the analysis of a substance in order to ascertain the identity of its chemical constituents.
Origin of qualitative analysis:
chemical analysis, qualitative analysis(noun)
the act of decomposing a substance into its constituent elements
The determination of the elements, functional groups or compounds present in a sample.
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