structural formula


Definition of structural formula

: an expanded molecular formula showing the arrangement within the molecule of atoms and of bonds

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Recent Examples on the Web The trope of the defense attorney as arbiter of moral justice may be the show’s most enduring influence, at least as important as the structural formula the show established. Jacqui Shine, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of structural formula

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Structural formula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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Medical Definition of structural formula

: an expanded molecular formula (as H-O-H for water) showing the arrangement within the molecule of atoms and of bonds

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