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Diagrams showing the structure of the caffeine molecule.

English

Etymology

French molécule (1674, Pierre Le Gallois, Conversations tirées de l'Académie de M. l'abbé Bourdelot, contenant diverses recherches et observations physiques) cited in Quemada, Brenard (1965), Datations et documents lexicographiques (tome 3).

Medieval Latin molecula (early XVI cent., Pierre Gassendi), cited in Le Grand Robert de la Langue Française (2e édn) tome 6. ISBN 2-85036-094-5. pp. 522–23. Diminutive of moles

Noun

Singular
molecule

Plural
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molecule ({{{1}}})
  1. in chemistry, the smallest particle of a specific element or compound that retains the chemical properties of that element or compound; a group of atoms held together by chemical bonds
  2. a tiny amount

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