chemical agent

Definitions of chemical agent
  1. noun
    an agent that produces chemical reactions
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    active, active agent
    chemical agent capable of activity
    reagent
    a chemical agent for use in chemical reactions
    desiccant, drier, drying agent, siccative
    a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture)
    oxidant, oxidiser, oxidizer, oxidizing agent
    a substance that oxidizes another substance
    reducer, reducing agent, reductant
    a substance capable of bringing about the reduction of another substance as it itself is oxidized; used in photography to lessen the density of a negative or print by oxidizing some of the loose silver
    scavenger
    a chemical agent that is added to a chemical mixture to counteract the effects of impurities
    surface-active agent, surfactant, wetter, wetting agent
    a chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved
    vesicant, vesicatory
    a chemical agent that causes blistering (especially mustard gas)
    emulsifier
    a surface-active agent that promotes the formation of an emulsion
    hydrogen peroxide, peroxide
    a viscous liquid with strong oxidizing properties; a powerful bleaching agent; also used (in aqueous solutions) as a mild disinfectant and (in strong concentrations) as an oxidant in rocket fuels
    hydrazine
    a colorless fuming corrosive liquid; a powerful reducing agent; used chiefly in rocket fuels
    blistering agent, dichloroethyl sulfide, mustard agent, mustard gas, sulfur mustard
    a toxic war gas with sulfide based compounds that raises blisters and attacks the eyes and lungs; there is no known antidote
    detergent
    a surface-active chemical widely used in industry and laundering
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    agent
    a substance that exerts some force or effect
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