the branch of chemistry dealing with the utilization of organic products, esp. from farms, in the manufacture of new products not classed as food or clothing (e.g., soybeans as a base for plastics or the production of methane from animal waste or garbage)
Origin of chemurgychem(o)- + -urgy
The development of new industrial chemical products from organic raw materials, especially from those of agricultural origin.
- che·mur′gic , che·mur′gi·cal
chemist + -urgy