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chemurgy

(kĕm`ərjē), branch of applied chemistry concerned with preparing industrial products from agricultural raw materials. Among such products are plastics manufactured from casein and soybean; soaps derived from animal and vegetable fats; cellulose fiber products made from, for example, straws, stubble, cobs, and hulls; and starches derived from surplus grains. Chemurgy is a wide-ranging discipline involving chemistry, genetics, bacteriology, and physics.

chemurgy

[′ke·mər·jē]
(chemical engineering)
A branch of chemistry concerned with the profitable utilization of organic raw materials, especially agricultural products, for nonfood purposes such as for paints and varnishes.