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molecule

mol·e·cule

molecule

 
pronunciation:
ma l kyul
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a single atom or several atoms bound together electromagnetically, forming the smallest particle that possesses all the characteristic physical and chemical properties of an element or compound.
definition 2: a tiny piece or particle; bit.
synonyms:
atom, bit, fleck, grain, granule, mote, particle, speck
similar words:
crumb, iota, jot, modicum, morsel, pinch, scintilla, shred, trace, whit
Word History
Molecule comes from moles, a Latin word that means "mass." "Molecule" is a French word for "tiny mass."
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The word molecule contains the following part:
-ule Latin noun-forming suffix that means small