atomic theory

noun

Definition of atomic theory

1 :a theory of the nature of matter: all material substances are composed of minute particles or atoms of a comparatively small number of kinds and all the atoms of the same kind are uniform in size, weight, and other properties
2 :any of several theories of the structure of the atom; especially :one based on experimentation and theoretical considerations holding that the atom is composed essentially of a small positively charged comparatively heavy nucleus surrounded by a comparatively large arrangement of electrons

First Known Use of atomic theory

1738


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atomic theory

noun

medical Definition of atomic theory

1 :a theory of the nature of matter: all material substances are composed of minute particles or atoms of a comparatively small number of kinds and all the atoms of the same kind are uniform in size, weight, and other properties called also atomic hypothesis
2 :any of several theories of the structure of the atom; especially :one based on experimentation and theoretical considerations holding that the atom is composed essentially of a small positively charged comparatively heavy nucleus surrounded by a comparatively large arrangement of electrons

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