molecular

adjective
mo·​lec·​u·​lar | \ mə-ˈle-kyə-lər How to pronounce molecular (audio) \

Definition of molecular

1 : of, relating to, consisting of, or produced by molecules molecular oxygen
2 : of or relating to individual or small components a molecular view of the American Civil War

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Other Words from molecular

molecularly \ mə-​ˈle-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce molecularly (audio) \ adverb

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Part of that screening process involves taking antibodies from a sample of spinal fluid from the patient and applying those antibodies to a sliver of mouse brain, which closely resembles human tissue on a molecular level. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Rare disease discovery: Antibodies fighting cancer go on to attack brain," 14 July 2019 This allows mutated cancer-promoting genes called oncogenes to activate cell surface receptors, molecular portals to the cell’s interior. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Biotech notebook: Cancer discovery, bacterial syringes and organoids," 13 July 2019 Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, was last seen on July 2 near the port of Chania on the Greek island of Crete. Fox News, "Body believed to be American scientist died in Greece by 'criminal act,' coroner says," 11 July 2019 Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, was reported missing a week ago near the port of Chania. CBS News, "U.S. scientist found dead in Greece was killed in "criminal act," police say," 10 July 2019 An American molecular biologist has been found dead in Greece nearly a week after she was reported missing. Gina Martinez, Time, "American Biologist Found Dead in Greece Nearly a Week After Her Disappearance," 9 July 2019 Compass is seeking a patent for a particular molecular form of psilocybin and the process to manufacture it. The Economist, "Magic mushrooms, illegal in most places, may have therapeutic uses," 7 June 2019 Haussler and colleagues are now hunting the specific molecular mechanisms at work. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Finding Human Ancestors in New Places," 15 Jan. 2019 Taste mysterious and indescribably delicious tidbits from all the fantasy realms, from delicate fairy cakes to Victorian steampunk molecular gastronomy. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of molecular

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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molecular

adjective
mo·​lec·​u·​lar | \ mə-ˈle-kyə-lər How to pronounce molecular (audio) \

Kids Definition of molecular

: of or relating to a molecule molecular structure

molecular

adjective
mo·​lec·​u·​lar | \ mə-ˈlek-yə-lər How to pronounce molecular (audio) \

Medical Definition of molecular

1 : of, relating to, consisting of, or produced by molecules molecular oxygen
2 : relating to or emphasizing individual responses or structures of behavior proceed by more and more detailed analysis to the molecular facts of perception— G. A. Miller — compare molar entry 3 sense 2

Other Words from molecular

molecularity \ -​ˌlek-​yə-​ˈlar-​ət-​ē How to pronounce molecularity (audio) \ noun, plural molecularities
molecularly \ mə-​ˈlek-​yə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce molecularly (audio) \ adverb

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