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atomic numbernoun [C]

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the ​number of protonsfound in the nucleus of an ​atom of a ​particularchemical, used as a way of ​listing the ​chemicalelements in ​order in the periodictable
(Definition of atomic number from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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atomic numbernoun [C]

physics the number of ​protons in the ​nucleus (= ​centralpart) of an ​atom of a ​particularchemical, used as a way of ​listing the ​chemicalelements in the ​periodictable
(Definition of atomic number from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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