What is the difference between reactants and reagents? I've seen both used for very similar situations... The dictionary said that reagents are added to a reaction to identify another substance, but wouldn't that be an indicator?

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    $\begingroup$ There's no difference imo $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Oct 10, 2015 at 13:56
  • $\begingroup$ SciFinder differentiates between them somehow $\endgroup$
    – Jan
    Oct 10, 2015 at 14:06
  • $\begingroup$ see also reactant and reagent in the IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology (Gold Book) $\endgroup$
    – user7951
    Oct 11, 2015 at 0:07


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