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 for Inorganic chemistry
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inorganic \In`or*gan"ic\, a. [Pref. in- not + organic: cf. F.
     1. Not organic; without the organs necessary for life; devoid
        of an organized structure; unorganized; lifeness;
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     2. (Chem.) Of or pertaining to compounds that are not
        derivatives of hydrocarbons; not organic[5].
     Note: The term inorganic is used to denote any one the large
           series of substances (as minerals, metals, etc.), which
           are not directly connected with vital processes, either
           in origin or nature, and which are broadly and
           relatively contrasted with organic substances. See
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     Inorganic Chemistry. See under Chemistry.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chemistry \Chem"is*try\ (k[e^]m"[i^]s*tr[y^]; 277), n. [From
     Chemist. See Alchemy.]
     1. That branch of science which treats of the composition of
        substances, and of the changes which they undergo in
        consequence of alterations in the constitution of the
        molecules, which depend upon variations of the number,
        kind, or mode of arrangement, of the constituent atoms.
        These atoms are not assumed to be indivisible, but merely
        the finest grade of subdivision hitherto attained.
        Chemistry deals with the changes in the composition and
        constitution of molecules. See Atom, Molecule.
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     Note: Historically, chemistry is an outgrowth of alchemy (or
           alchemistry), with which it was anciently identified.
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     2. An application of chemical theory and method to the
        consideration of some particular subject; as, the
        chemistry of iron; the chemistry of indigo.
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     3. A treatise on chemistry.
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     Note: This word and its derivatives were formerly written
           with y, and sometimes with i, instead of e, in the
           first syllable, chymistry, chymist, chymical, etc., or
           chimistry, chimist, chimical, etc.; and the
           pronunciation was conformed to the orthography.
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     Inorganic chemistry, that which treats of inorganic or
        mineral substances.
     Organic chemistry, that which treats of the substances
        which form the structure of organized beings and their
        products, whether animal or vegetable; -- called also
        chemistry of the carbon compounds. There is no
        fundamental difference between organic and inorganic
     Physiological chemistry, the chemistry of the organs and
        tissues of the body, and of the various physiological
        processes incident to life.
     Practical chemistry, or Applied chemistry, that which
        treats of the modes of manufacturing the products of
        chemistry that are useful in the arts, of their
        applications to economical purposes, and of the conditions
        essential to their best use.
     Pure chemistry, the consideration of the facts and theories
        of chemistry in their purely scientific relations, without
        necessary reference to their practical applications or
        mere utility.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  inorganic chemistry
      n 1: the chemistry of compounds that do not contain hydrocarbon

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