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diatomic

[dahy-uh-tom-ik]
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adjective Chemistry.
  1. having two atoms in the molecule.
  2. containing two replaceable atoms or groups; binary.
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Origin of diatomic

First recorded in 1865–70; di-1 + atomic
Related formsdi·at·o·mic·i·ty [dahy-at-uh-mis-i-tee] /ˌdaɪ æt əˈmɪs ɪ ti/, noun
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  • Hence it may be inferred that this value is typical for diatomic molecules.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1

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British Dictionary definitions for diatomic

diatomic

adjective
  1. ((of a compound or molecule))
    1. containing two atoms
    2. containing two characteristic groups or atomsethylene glycol is a diatomic alcohol
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Derived Formsdiatomicity (ˌdaɪætəˈmɪsɪtɪ), noun
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diatomic in Medicine

diatomic

(dī′ə-tŏmĭk)
adj.
  1. Made up of two atoms.
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