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molecule

[mol-uh-kyool]
noun
1.
Chemistry, Physics. the smallest physical unit of an element or compound, consisting of one or more like atoms in an element and two or more different atoms in a compound.
2.
Chemistry. a quantity of a substance, the weight of which, measured in any chosen unit, is numerically equal to the molecular weight; gram molecule.
3.
any very small particle.

Origin:
1785–95; earlier molecula < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin mōlē(s) mass + -cula -cule1

submolecule, noun
supermolecule, noun
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molecule (ˈmɒlɪˌkjuːl)
 
n
1.  the simplest unit of a chemical compound that can exist, consisting of two or more atoms held together by chemical bonds
2.  a very small particle
 
[C18: via French from New Latin mōlēcula, diminutive of Latin mōlēs mass, mole4]

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molecule
1794, "extremely minute particle," from Fr. molécule (1678), from Mod.L. molecula, dim. of L. moles "mass, barrier" (see mole (3)). A vague meaning at first; the vogue for the word (used until late 18c. only in Latin form) can be traced to the philosophy of Descartes.
First used in modern scientific sense by Amedeo Avogadro (1811).
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molecule mol·e·cule (mŏl'ĭ-kyōōl')
n.
The smallest particle into which an element or a compound can be divided without changing its chemical and physical properties; a group of atoms that is held together chemically.

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molecule   (mŏl'ĭ-kyl')  Pronunciation Key 
A group of two or more atoms linked together by sharing electrons in a chemical bond. Molecules are the fundamental components of chemical compounds and are the smallest part of a compound that can participate in a chemical reaction.
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molecule [(mol-uh-kyoohl)]

A combination of two or more atoms held together by a force between them. (See covalent bond and ionic bond.)

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