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The ability of a substance to be broken down into simpler substances by bacteria.

 

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xenon tetrafluoride

A colorless, crystalline compound, XeF4, prepared by heating a gaseous mixture of fluorine and xenon.

Electronic Geometry

The geometric arrangement of orbitals containing the shared and unshared electron pairs surrounding the central atom of a molecule or polyatomic ion.

Spectator Ions

Ions in a solution that do not participate in a chemical reaction.

Fast Neutron

A neutron ejected at high kinetic energy in a nuclear reaction.

Galvanizing

Placing a thin layer of zinc on a ferrous material to protect the underlying surface from corrosion.

 

Saturated Solution

Solution in which no more solute will dissolve.

Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

It is impossible to determine accurately both the momentum and position of an electron simultaneously.

Chemical Kinetics

The study of rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions and of the factors on which they depend.

Absorption Spectrum

Spectrum associated with absorption of electromagnetic radiation by atoms (or other species) resulting from transitions from lower to higher energy states. An absorption spectrum is the inverse of an emission spectrum.