Exothermic Definition

Chemistry Glossary Definition of Exothermic

Campfire smoke contains many pollutants
Campfire smoke contains many pollutants.

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A term used to describe a reaction or process that releases energy in the form of heat. Sometimes the term is applied to processes that release other forms of energy, such as electrical energy, sound, or light.


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