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empirical formula

noun

Definition of empirical formula

  1. :  a chemical formula showing the simplest ratio of elements in a compound rather than the total number of atoms in the molecule <CH2O is the empirical formula for glucose>



1878

First Known Use of empirical formula

1878


Medical Dictionary

empirical formula

noun

Medical Definition of empirical formula

  1. :  a chemical formula showing the simplest ratio of elements in a compound rather than the total number of atoms in the molecule <CH2O is the empirical formula for glucose>—compare molecular formula




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