1[usually treated as singular] The branch of chemistry or biochemistry concerned with measuring and studying the rates of reactions.
- ‘Artists rely on the structure provided by laws of kinetics and pattern and chemistry as much as on chance.’
- ‘In chemistry we talked about kinetics, and we had the Bunsens on to keep us warm.’
- ‘It is possible to analyze the kinetics of a reaction using a very small amount of material.’
- ‘The physical chemist is concerned concerned with the rate of change in a substance, which is the study of reaction kinetics.’
- ‘Chemical kinetics is the study of the rates of reactions and of the factors that determine the speed of a reaction.’
- 1.1[usually treated as plural] The rates of chemical or biochemical reaction.
- ‘The relative stomatal response revealed identical kinetics during irradiation with white light or with light of defined quality.’
- ‘A mechanism for their deactivation is proposed based on two different conformers decaying with different kinetics.’
- ‘He explained that the differences in the serum levels of the drug products do not necessarily indicate differences in quality, but do reflect their different kinetics.’
- ‘Another important term used to characterize chemical reactions kinetics is ‘half-life.’’
- ‘Only intercalating dyes exhibit decay kinetics simple enough to attempt a lifetime-based analytical procedure.’
- 1.2Physics The study of forces acting on mechanisms.
- ‘And as Ryman remembers, ‘It was a unique and successful program in applied heath sciences, human kinetics and leisure studies.’’
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