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The ability to react with both acids and bases.Ability of substance to act as either an acid or a base.

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Thermal Cracking

Decomposition by heating a substance in the presence of a catalyst and in the absence of air.

 

Essential Oil

A plant extract that has a distinctive odour or flavour.

Chain Reaction

A reaction that, once initiated, sustains itself and expands. This is a reaction in which reactive species, such as radicals, are produced in more than one step. These reactive species, radicals, propagate the chain reaction.

 

xylic acid

Any of six colorless, crystalline, isomeric acids having the formula C9H10O2, derived from xylene.

Metallic Conduction

Conduction of electrical current through a metal or along a metallic surface.

Dipole

Refers to the separation of charge between two covalently bonded atoms.

Binary Compound

A compound consisting of two elements, may be ionic or covalent.

Electron Deficient Compounds

Compounds that contain at least one atom (other than H) that shares fewer than eight electrons.

Haber Process

A process for the catalyzed industrial production of ammonia from N2 and H2 at high temperature and pressure.

Nuclear Reaction

Involves a change in the composition of a nucleus and can evolve or absorb an extraordinarily large amount of energy.