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the process or property of reacting.
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1. The property of reacting, chemically, immunologically or in any other sense.
2. The process of reacting.
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1. The property of reacting, chemically or in any other sense.
2. The process of reacting.
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Q. Does anyone have experience treating reactive arthritis? symtoms: bladder incontence, sore joint, eye irritation, cracked fingers and lips

A. The management of reactive arthritis usually starts with pain killers and injection of steroids into the joints, and if necessary, stronger medications. Due to the severity of this condition, consulting a doctor may be wise.

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* Intervention: removing [O.sub.3] or sources of chemically reactive pollutants will lead to health improvements in environments where the intervention occurs (by limiting the products of [O.sub.3]-initiated chemistry).
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A hand-held vacuum pump draws an air sample from a seedling into a glass tube where it is mixed with a blue-coloured chemically reactive substance in a disposable tube.
Water is also made of the two most abundant, chemically reactive elements in the universe, hydrogen and oxygen, and so ought to be very common.
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The product uses titanium dioxide to block the sun's damaging rays, rather than the chemically reactive ingredients contained in most sunscreens, she says.
Cigarette smoking is a rich source of free radicals, the chemically reactive molecular fragments that can damage DNA, making affected cells more susceptible to malignant changes.
Chemical hazardous waste can be flammable, corrosive, chemically reactive, or toxic.
These materials are also abrasive and chemically reactive.
One of the unique qualities of OSTE polymer is that its surface is chemically reactive without adding anything or preparing it in any way.
In their earlier work, the Colorado group observed a significant drawback of their ultracold potassium rubidium molecules: They were chemically reactive, and essentially came apart when they collided with other molecules.

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