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Definition of periodic table 

: an arrangement of chemical elements based on the periodic law
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These all chemical elements from the halogen group of the periodic table. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Discover New Details on How the "Great Dying" Nearly Ended Life on Earth," 28 Aug. 2018 Eventually, the Allen Institute’s staff started to wonder if developing a periodic table of brain cells would help researchers figure it out. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Each group gets a code name after an element on the periodic table. Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft CEO Nadella welcomes scrutiny that has roiled tech industry. Easy for him to say," 9 Oct. 2018 There's a giant periodic table for kids to look at and learn fun facts about the elements. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Science CITY opens at Betty Brinn Children's Museum," 5 July 2018 The scientific integrity of the periodic table was at stake. Edwin Cartlidge, Scientific American, "The Battle Behind the Periodic Table’s Latest Additions," 13 June 2018 Here are some of the basics: Uranium is the heaviest naturally occurring element in the periodic table, with an atomic number of 92, representing the number of protons in its nucleus. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Uranium enrichment will be a key point in talks with North Korea. Here’s what it is.," 11 June 2018 Nothing about the day has anything to do with the periodic table or the Pythagorean theorem. Catherine Rentz,, "'Agents of change:' A year with the UMBC program shaping some of the nation's best and most diverse scientists," 18 May 2018 The ship will also have a Test Kitchen restaurant, designed by Concrete Amsterdam, that is made to look like a laboratory, with a periodic table in the entrance and test tubes, beakers and flasks inside. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Virgin promised its ships will be unlike any other cruise. Here are the first images | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018

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1890, in the meaning defined above

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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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