Chemical property

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In chemistry, a property is any aspect of a substance which is only seen by means of a chemical reaction. For example a substance can be acidic or alkali' an oxidizer or reducing agent.

This is different from a physical property, which can be discovered without changing the substance's chemical structure.

Chemical properties can be used for building chemical classifications. They can be used to identify an unknown substance or to separate or purify it from other substances.

Properties refer to the things that describe a material. For example, water is liquid under normal conditions, boils at 100 degrees, is colourless, is odorless, and so on. All these descriptions are properties of water.