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noun Physics.
any of the energy levels of a physical system, especially an atom, molecule, etc., that has higher energy than the lowest energy level.

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Origin of excited state

First recorded in 1925–30

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Scientific definitions for excited state

excited state
[ ĭk-sītĭd ]

A state of a physical system in which the system has more than the minimum possible potential energy. Excited states tend to be unstable and easily or spontaneously revert to lower energy states, giving off energy. Compare ground state.
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