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Chemistry

[kemistry] is from the Arabic kimia, whence al-kimia (the occult art), from kamai (to conceal).

Inorganic chemistry
is that branch of chemistry which is limited to metallic and non-metallic substances, which are not organised bodies.

Organic chemistry
is devoted to organised bodies and their elements.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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