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An inhibitor, a catalyst that decreases the rate of reaction.

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Pineapple literally "erodes" the tongue

Everyone who has ever tried fresh pineapple knows that if you eat too much, your lips and tongue hurt for a while. This is because the pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. This enzyme literally "erodes" the tongue.

Alpha (a) Particle

Helium ion with 2+ charge, an assembly of two protons and two neutrons.

Lewis Dot Formula (Electron Dot Formula)

Representation of the core of a molecule, ion or formula unit by showing atomic symbols and only outer shell electrons.

Acid

A substance that produces H+(aq) ions in aqueous solution. Strong acids ionize completely or almost completely in dilute aqueous solution. Weak acids ionize only slightly. Chemicals or substances having the property of an acid are said to be acidic.

Collision Theory

Theory of reaction rates that states that effective collisions between reactant molecules must occur in order for the reaction to occur.

Amphoterism

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

Polydentate

Refers to ligands with more than one donor atom.

Curie (Ci)

The basic unit used to describe the intensity of radioactivity in a sample of material. One curie equals 37 billion disintegrations per second or approximately the amount of radioactivty given off by 1 gram of radium.

Atom

The smallest particle of an element.

Coordination Sphere

The metal ion and its coordinating ligands but not any uncoordinated counter-ions.