Definitions for monatomicˌmɒn əˈtɒm ɪk
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of or relating to an element consisting of a single atom
"helium and argon are monatomic gases"
Of an element, consisting of a single atom in the molecule; for example: the noble gases. Note: strictly speaking, a molecule has at least two atoms.
consisting of, or containing, one atom; as, the molecule of mercury is monatomic
having the equivalence or replacing power of an atom of hydrogen; univalent; as, the methyl radical is monatomic
Origin: [Mon- + atomic.]
In physics and chemistry, monatomic is a combination of the words "mono" and "atomic," and means "single atom." It is usually applied to gases: a monatomic gas is one in which atoms are not bound to each other. All chemical elements will be monatomic in the gas phase at sufficiently high temperatures.
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