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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent 1743-1794. French chemist who is regarded as the founder of modern chemistry. He isolated the major components of air, disproved the phlogiston theory by determining the role of oxygen in combustion, and organized the classification of compounds. Lavoisier was executed during the Reign of Terror.

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  • n. French chemist known as the father of modern chemistry; discovered oxygen and disproved the theory of phlogiston (1743-1794)

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