Definition of empirical formula in English:

Share this entry

empirical formula

noun

Chemistry
A formula giving the proportions of the elements present in a compound but not the actual numbers or arrangement of atoms. Compare with molecular formula, structural formula.
Example sentences
  • Butene and ethene have the same empirical formula CH 2 but different molecular and structural formulas.
  • The simplest version of the formula is the empirical formula.
  • The empirical formula of a compound is that which is obtained through laboratory research.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: em·pir·i·cal for·mu·la

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.