Prout's hypothesis

noun \ˈprau̇ts-\

Definition of Prout's hypothesis

  1. :  a hypothesis in chemistry: the atomic weights of all other elements are exact multiples of that of hydrogen and hence hydrogen is the primary substance from which the other elements have been formed

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Origin and Etymology of prout's hypothesis

after William Prout †1850 English chemist and physician

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