empirical formula


empirical formula

noun

Definition of EMPIRICAL FORMULA

:  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>

First Known Use of EMPIRICAL FORMULA

1878

empirical formula

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EMPIRICAL FORMULA

: 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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