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periodic table of the elements

periodic table of the elements in Culture

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A chart of the chemical elements that displays them in rows horizontally in order of increasing atomic number and vertically according to similarity of the chemical properties of their atoms. The position of an element on the table thus gives useful information about the structure and chemical properties of the element. (See Dimitri Mendeleev.)

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