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periodic law

[peer-ee-od-ik, peer-] /ˈpɪər iˈɒd ɪk, ˌpɪər-/
noun, Chemistry
1.
the law that the properties of the elements are periodic functions of their atomic numbers.
2.
Also called Mendeleev's law. (originally) the statement that the chemical and physical properties of the elements recur periodically when the elements are arranged in the order of their atomic weights.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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British Dictionary definitions for periodic law

periodic law

/ˌpɪərɪˈɒdɪk/
noun
1.
Also called Mendeleev's law. the principle that the chemical properties of the elements are periodic functions of their atomic weights or, more accurately, of their atomic numbers
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periodic law in Medicine

periodic law n.
The principle that properties of elements recur periodically as atomic numbers increase.

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