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I’m looking for a hypernym of both reactant and product.

That is, I want to be able to say that both reactants and products are <unknown term>, but I don’t know what term applies to both.

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Reactants and products are both chemicals, or substances, or chemical substances.

No idea why this could possibly be tagged "programming", though.

  • It's for an app I'm making, but that is pretty irrelevant. Thanks for your edits, by the way. A hypernym is a word I've definitely thought of a lot but never known. – michaelsnowden May 11 '14 at 23:15
  • I'm not sure about terminology here. The set {reactants, products} probably isn't identical to {substances} but to a subset of the latter (though admittedly, even helium isn't inert). – Edwin Ashworth May 12 '14 at 11:36
  • @EdwinAshworth I'm also not sure about it. I ended up using chemical though. – michaelsnowden May 13 '14 at 6:06

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