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- noun The number of protons in an atomic nucleus.
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- noun physics, chemistry The
number, equal to the number of protonsin an atomthat determines its chemicalproperties. Symbol: Z
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- noun the order of an element in Mendeleyev's table of the elements; equal to the number of protons in the nucleus or electrons in the neutral state of an atom of an element
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