Physics, Chemistry. any of several theories describing the structure, behavior, and other properties of the atom and its component parts.
Philosophy. atomism(def 1).
Words nearby atomic theory
Origin of atomic theory
First recorded in 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for atomic theory
any theory in which matter is regarded as consisting of atoms, esp that proposed by John Dalton postulating that elements are composed of atoms that can combine in definite proportions to form compounds
the current concept of the atom as an entity with a definite structureSee atomic structure
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