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[muh-lek-yuh-ler] /məˈlɛk yə lər/
of or relating to or caused by molecules:
molecular structure.
Origin of molecular
First recorded in 1815-25; molecule + -ar1
Related forms
molecularly, adverb
multimolecular, adjective
nonmolecular, adjective
submolecular, adjective Unabridged
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  • The field of controversy will never be won by their molecular "Hessians."

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • We cannot, therefore, say what may be the molecular interpretation of these effects.

  • They have the molecular ray, and they know no wars; they do not destroy each other.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • Then Arcot shut off the heat beams and turned on the molecular ray.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • Arcot accelerated away from it as Fuller hit it with a molecular beam.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for molecular


/məʊˈlɛkjʊlə; mə-/
of or relating to molecules: molecular hydrogen
(logic) (of a sentence, formula, etc) capable of analysis into atomic formulae of the appropriate kind
Derived Forms
molecularity (məʊˌlɛkjʊˈlærɪtɪ) noun
molecularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for molecular

1823, from molecule + -ar or else from French moléculaire or Modern Latin molecularis. Molecular biology first attested 1950.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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molecular in Medicine

molecular mo·lec·u·lar (mə-lěk'yə-lər)
Of, relating to, or consisting of molecules.

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