Synonyms for free radical

Synonyms for (noun) free radical

Synonyms: free radical, radical

Definition: an atom or group of atoms with at least one unpaired electron; in the body it is usually an oxygen molecule that has lost an electron and will stabilize itself by stealing an electron from a nearby molecule

Usage: in the body free radicals are high-energy particles that ricochet wildly and damage cells

Similar words: atom

Definition: (physics and chemistry) the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element