p orbital

noun, often ital p
\ ˈpē- \

Definition of p orbital

: the orbital of an electron shell in an atom in which the electrons have the second lowest energy

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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“P orbital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/p%20orbital. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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