octad

[ ok-tad ]
/ ˈɒk tæd /

noun

a group or series of eight.
Chemistry. an element, atom, or group having a valence of eight.

RELATED WORDS

Origin of octad

1835–45; < Greek oktad- (stem of oktás) group of eight, equivalent to okt- oct- + -ad -ad1

Related forms

oc·tad·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for octad

octad

/ (ˈɒktæd) /

noun

a group or series of eight
chem an element or group with a valency of eight

Derived Forms

octadic, adjective

Word Origin for octad

C19: from Greek oktās, from oktō eight
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