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adjective Physics.
  1. of or relating to a process that occurs within an atom.
  2. noting or pertaining to a particle or particles contained in an atom, as electrons, protons, or neutrons.
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Origin of subatomic

First recorded in 1900–05; sub- + atomic
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British Dictionary definitions for subatomic


  1. of, relating to, or being a particle making up an atom or a process occurring within atomsthe electron is a subatomic particle
  2. having dimensions smaller than atomic dimensions
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Word Origin and History for subatomic


1903, from sub-atom (1880), from sub- + atomic.

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subatomic in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to the constituents of the atom.
  2. Having dimensions or participating in reactions characteristic of the constituents of the atom.
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subatomic in Culture


A descriptive term for objects and events within the atom.

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