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[ree-ey-juh nt] /riˈeɪ dʒənt/
noun, Chemistry
a substance that, because of the reactions it causes, is used in analysis and synthesis.
1790-1800; re(act) + agent; cf. act Unabridged
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  • He mixes two reagents, one containing cadmium and the other selenium, which combine to create cadmium selenium crystals.
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British Dictionary definitions for reagents


a substance for use in a chemical reaction, esp for use in chemical synthesis and analysis
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Word Origin and History for reagents



1785, from re- + agent "substance that produces a chemical reaction."

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reagents in Medicine

reagent re·a·gent (rē-ā'jənt)
A substance used in a chemical reaction to detect, measure, examine, or produce other substances.

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reagents in Science
A substance participating in a chemical reaction, especially one used to detect, measure, or produce another substance. Compare agent.
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