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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Taste mysterious and indescribably delicious tidbits from all the fantasy realms, from delicate fairy cakes to Victorian steampunk molecular gastronomy., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 23 June 2019 Food and Drink Portugal’s cuisine has long resisted the encroachments of fusion or molecular gastronomy. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "Here’s why everyone is going to Portugal now," 18 June 2019 All the while, Andrés has racked up awards for his cooking, including an Outstanding Chef Award from the James Beard Foundation and two Michelin stars for Minibar, his molecular gastronomy restaurant. Maura Judkis,, "José Andrés learned English by watching Julia Child. Now he’s getting an award in her name," 11 June 2019 However, clever researchers have figured out that growing a crystal from protein molecules will create a repeating array that can reveal the molecular structure. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "A 10-Year Odyssey: What Space Stations Will Look Like in 2030," 10 June 2019 If that’s true, anyone partial to the molecular structure that shapes our world — and our lives — would be advised to keep a safe distance. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "We've Found Gravitational Waves. What Will We Learn From Them?," 24 May 2019 Now a Russian molecular biologist named Denis Rebrikov wants to try it again. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Scientist Wants to Use CRISPR to Genetically Edit Infants," 12 June 2019 Her splurge-worthy product line, Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics, uses clean ingredients and smart, molecular actives to concoct hi-tech, high-performance skincare that’s also seriously chic. April Long, Town & Country, "The Dermatologist Who Saved Bella Hadid's Skin Opens a Spa," 16 May 2019 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young for discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "Nobel Prize Explainer: Circadian Rhythm's Oscillatory Control Mechanism," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of molecular

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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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