Chemistry jargon can be daunting, but with the help of these glossaries you’ll no longer struggle. To choose the best glossary for your needs, read the short descriptions.
FactMonster – A handy search button accompanies this encompassing glossary of chemical terms and terminology.
University of Sydney – From ‘absorption’ to ‘zwitterion’, a glossary of polymer chemistry, with visual support and cross-referenced definitions.
Webref – From the always helpful Webref, a glossary of chemical terms and definitions of terminology related to the science of chemistry.
Chemistry Dictionary – With over 1800 terms, this is a well-researched and encompassing glossary and dictionary of chemistry.
Berkley Lab – Probably one of the most reliable sources of information on nuclear chemistry, it contains useful concepts and it’s well cross-referenced.
Shodor – A list of the most common terms you are bound to encounter when studying or translating chemistry-related texts.
Northern Arizona University – Environmental chemistry has its own terminology. This glossary offers explanations for a lot of them, but you’ll have to use the search function on your browser to find what you’re looking for.
Frostburg State University – You have different browsing options for this general chemistry glossary: either by a search button, by the initial letter of the word or by handy topics.
Chem4Kids – A great resource for those interested in beginners’ chemistry: from Chem4Kids, this glossary probably contains terms that are used in advanced chemistry too.
BarcodesInc – Organic chemistry terms can be quite confusing, but this glossary aims to make organic chemistry just a bit less confusing.
Wikipedia – Chemistry has an extensive vocabulary and a lot of jargon, but this collection of Wikipedia pages is bound to shed some light on the matter.
Frostburg State University – You can even find pronunciations for each term in this handy glossary of inorganic chemistry.
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry – A glossary of terms used in bioinorganic chemistry. Browse it online or take it away with you in a 53 page PDF.
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