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Liquid triester of glycerol and unsaturated fatty acids.

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Amino Acid

Compound containing both an amino and a carboxylic acid group.The --NH2 group.

Differential Thermometer

A thermometer used for accurate measurement of very small changes in temperature.

Yellowcake

The solid form of mixed uranium oxide, which is produced from uranium ore in the uranium recovery (milling) process.

Forbidden Zone

A relatively large energy separation between an insulator's highest filled electron energy band and the next higher energy vacant band. Beginning in the fourth energy level, a set of seven degenerate orbitals per energy level, higher in energy than s, p, and d orbitals of the same energy level.

Formula Unit

The smallest repeating unit of a substance. The molecule for nonionic substances

Central Atom

An atom in a molecule or polyatomic ion that is bonded to more than one other atom.

Autoionization

An ionization reaction between identical molecules.

Thermal Cracking

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

 

Solute

The dispersed (dissolved) phase of a solution.

Hydrolysis Constant

An equilibrium constant for a hydrolysis reaction.