Radical

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  • (free radical) A highly reactive molecule or atom with an unpaired electron. The species is often represented by a formula with a single dot as the unpaired electron (see immediately below). [Organic Chemistry; Wade, L. G.; Prentice-Hall, New Jersey; page 125; 1991.] [Environmental Chemistry; Manahan, Stanley E.; Lewis Publishers; Boca Raton; page 218; 1994.]
    Source: Atmospheric Chemistry Glossary
  • To the roots of things. To favor and/or promote measures for fundamental structural change in society, particularly as it affects the political economy of society. It is most properly used to refer to such views as socialism and communism that advocate a change in the class basis of society.


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