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molecular

[muh-lek-yuh-ler]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to or caused by molecules: molecular structure.

Origin of molecular

First recorded in 1815–25; molecule + -ar1
Related formsmo·lec·u·lar·ly, adverbmul·ti·mo·lec·u·lar, adjectivenon·mo·lec·u·lar, adjectivesub·mo·lec·u·lar, adjective
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  • The field of controversy will never be won by their molecular "Hessians."

  • 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

  • Arcot accelerated away from it as Fuller hit it with a molecular beam.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for molecular

molecular

adjective
  1. of or relating to moleculesmolecular hydrogen
  2. logic (of a sentence, formula, etc) capable of analysis into atomic formulae of the appropriate kind
Derived Formsmolecularity (məʊˌlɛkjʊˈlærɪtɪ), nounmolecularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for molecular

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

molecular in Medicine

molecular

(mə-lĕkyə-lər)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or consisting of molecules.
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