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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 protons in an atom that determines its chemical properties. 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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