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- noun A chemical formula that indicates the relative proportions of the elements in a molecule rather than the actual number of atoms of the elements.
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- noun chemistry A
notationindicating the ratiosof the various elementspresent in a compound, without regard to the actualnumbers.
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- noun a chemical formula showing the ratio of elements in a compound rather than the total number of atoms
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