- Smallest unit of compound
that displays properties of that compound.
Source: Leet, L. Don. 1982.
Physical Geology, 6th Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
- a. The smallest part of a substance that can exist separately and still
retain its composition and characteristic properties.
b. The smallest combination of atoms that will form a given chemical
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