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atomic mass

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noun Chemistry.
the mass of an isotope of an element measured in units formerly based on the mass of one hydrogen atom taken as a unit or on 1/16 (0.0625) the mass of one oxygen atom, but after 1961 based on 1/12 (0.0833) the mass of the carbon-12 atom.

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Origin of atomic mass

First recorded in 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for atomic mass

atomic mass

noun chem
the mass of an isotope of an element in atomic mass units
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Medical definitions for atomic mass

atomic mass

n.
The mass of an atom, usually expressed in atomic mass units.
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Scientific definitions for atomic mass

atomic mass

The mass of a given atom or molecule, expressed in atomic mass units. Compare atomic weight. See also mass number.
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