A product is a substance created by a chemical reaction . A starting material, on the other hand, is referred to as reactants or reactants (outdated also educt ).
A reaction can produce one or more products. In addition to the desired main product, there are often by-products that can be used elsewhere.
If a reaction is in a state of equilibrium , the products can also be referred to as reactants and vice versa. The distinction between reactant and product is thus arbitrary in the case of an equilibrium reaction.
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- ↑ Entry on product . In: IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology (the “Gold Book”) . doi : 10.1351 / goldbook.P04861 Version: 2.3.