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

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Empirical formula.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empirical%20formula. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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empirical formula

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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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