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1. (noun) a chemical is a either a chemical element or a matter with a distinguished composition of such elements. (see also molecule) the term is often used to refer to bulk material, rather than to individual microscopic or submicroscopic particles, ie, a chemical is a specific collection of atoms or molecules.

2. (noun) chemicals is the industry or trade of producing or manipulating such chemicals.

3. (adjective) Of or relating to chemistry

Does chemicals include mining?

Should def 2 be moved to "chemical industry" or something like that? The idea with having this sort of an entry is to have a target to link to from descriptions of a nation's economy, such as Gabon/Economy.