a chemical formula indicating the elements of a compound and their relative proportions, as (CH2O)n.
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Origin of empirical formula
First recorded in 1820–30
Words nearby empirical formula
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British Dictionary definitions for empirical formula
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Medical definitions for empirical formula
A chemical formula that indicates the relative proportions of the elements in a molecule rather than the actual number of atoms of the elements.
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Scientific definitions for empirical formula
A chemical formula that indicates the relative proportions of the elements in a molecule rather than the actual number of atoms of the elements. The empirical formula of a compound may be simpler than its molecular formula, which is a multiple of the empirical formula. For example, glucose has the molecular formula C6H12O6 but the empirical formula CH2O. Compare molecular formula structural formula.
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