periodic table


Definition of periodic table

: an arrangement of chemical elements based on the periodic law
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Dr Subramanian and his team hope to use tin—a metal in the same group of the periodic table as lead—to produce a similarly vibrant, though non-toxic, semiconductor pigment. The Economist, "A team of chemists are searching for a new red pigment," 11 July 2019 Josel recommends a binder with an accordion folder section, and plastic protector sheets for crucial papers like that Spanish verb list or the periodic table. Washington Post, "Getting ready for high school: gear and strategies," 9 July 2019 Each element of the periodic table is a particular kind of atom, ordered by the number of protons in its nucleus. Andrew Crumey, WSJ, "‘Mendeleyev’s Dream’ and ‘Elemental’ Review: Cracking the Chemical Code," 21 June 2019 In some meteorites, there is 'stardust' even older than our Solar System, which shows us how stars form and evolve to create elements of the periodic table. Fox News, "Gold prospector's mysterious rock turned out to be super-rare meteorite," 27 July 2019 There are over 250 known stable isotopes, and 80 of the periodic table’s first 82 elements have them. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Where you grew up, what you ate—your bones record your life," 18 July 2019 The periodic table currently stretches to element No. Andrew Crumey, WSJ, "‘Mendeleyev’s Dream’ and ‘Elemental’ Review: Cracking the Chemical Code," 21 June 2019 According to Eric Scerri, an expert on the history of the periodic table based at the University of California, Los Angeles, the chart can be dated back to a time period between 1879 and 1886. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "World's Oldest Periodic Table Found in Storage," 18 Jan. 2019 For decades, the prevailing account has been that supernova explosions make gold, along with dozens of other heavy elements on the bottom few rows of the periodic table. Quanta Magazine, "A New Blast May Have Forged Cosmic Gold," 23 Mar. 2017

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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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