molecular orbital

noun

: a solution of the Schrödinger equation that describes the probable location of an electron relative to the nuclei in a molecule and so indicates the nature of any bond in which the electron is involved

Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of molecular orbital was in 1932

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“Molecular orbital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/molecular%20orbital. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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