13 chemistry glossaries

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.