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compound com·pound (kŏm'pound')

  1. A combination of two or more elements or parts.

  2. A pure, macroscopically homogeneous substance that consists of atoms or ions of different elements in definite proportions that cannot be separated by physical means, and that have properties unlike those of its constituent elements.

adj. (kŏm'pound', kŏm-pound', kəm-)
Consisting of two or more substances, ingredients, elements, or parts. v. com·pound·ed, com·pound·ing, com·pounds (kŏm-pound', kəm-, kŏm'pound')
  1. To combine so as to form a whole; mix.

  2. To produce or create by combining two or more ingredients or parts.

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