periodic table


Definition of periodic table

: an arrangement of chemical elements based on the periodic law
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Recent Examples on the Web Rare earth elements are a set of chemical elements that occupy the broad gully of the periodic table. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, "Mining Rare-Earth Elements from...Fossilized Fish???," 21 Sep. 2020 Phosphorus is one row below nitrogen on the periodic table. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Chemical that shouldn’t be there spotted in Venus’ atmosphere," 14 Sep. 2020 The perennially useful original Mendeleev periodic table has led to spinoffs, including for quantum dots. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Introducing the Nuclear Periodic Table of Elements," 3 June 2020 Hydrogen is the first and simplest element on the periodic table. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "This hydrogen-powered supercar can drive 1,000 miles on a single tank," 12 Aug. 2020 Twenty-six of the 116 elements on the periodic table are manmade. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Calcium in Your Teeth Comes from Exploding Stars," 10 Aug. 2020 In the periodic table, no element is more important than another one. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Higgs Boson Gives Next-Generation Particle Its Heft," 6 Aug. 2020 For a long time, the researchers say, nitrogen has occupied a unique place in the periodic table compared not just to the pnictogens (group 15) but to carbon (group 14) and oxygen (group 16), too. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Have Created Black Nitrogen," 4 June 2020 Chemists classified all the elements, going beyond the easy bling of silver and gold, and uncovered the periodic table’s patterns in the process. Quanta Magazine, "The Two Forms of Mathematical Beauty," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of periodic table

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Periodic table.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of periodic table

chemistry : a list that shows the chemical elements arranged according to their properties

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Medical Definition of periodic table

: an arrangement of chemical elements based on the periodic law

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