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noun, plural:atoms
(physics, chemistry)
(1) The smallest unit of matter indivisible by chemical means.
(2) The fundamental building block of a chemical element.
(3) The smallest possible unit of an element that still has all the chemical properties of that element.
An atom is consisting of a nucleus surrounded by one or more shells of electrons.
Word origin: from the Greek átomos, which means uncuttable, something that cannot be divided further.

Related forms: atomic (adjective).
Related terms:

  • Excited atom
  • Nuclear atom
  • Recoil atom
  • Bohrs atom
  • Tagged atom

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