In`ter*me"di*ate(?), n. 1. A person who intermediates between others, especially in negotiations; an intermediary; a mediator.
2. Something that is intermediate.
(Chem.) A compound which is produced in the course of a chemical synthesis, which is not itself the final product, but is used in further reactions which produce the final product; also called
intermediate compound or
intermediate product; -- contrasted to
starting material and
end product or
final product. There may be many different
intermediates between the
starting material and end product in the course of a complex synthesis; as, many industrial chemicals are produced primarily to be used as
intermediates in other syntheses. The term has the same meaning with respect to intermediate compounds produced in a biosynthetic pathway in living organisms.
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