molecula

See also: molécula and molècula

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin molecula.

NounEdit

molecula (plural moleculae)

  1. (now historical) A molecule; a small particle of something. [from 18th c.]
    • 1751, John Locke, Elements of Natural Philosophy, XII:
      Smal bodies, of Atoms, out of whose various combinations bigger molleculæ are made.
    • 1790, Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France, Oxford 2009, p.
      They acted by the ancient organized states in the shape of their old organization, and not by the organic moleculae of a disbanded people.

LatinEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Derived from mōlēs (mass) +‎ -cula (diminutive suffix).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mōlecula f (genitive mōleculae); first declension

  1. (New Latin, chemistry) molecule

DeclensionEdit

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative mōlecula mōleculae
Genitive mōleculae mōleculārum
Dative mōleculae mōleculīs
Accusative mōleculam mōleculās
Ablative mōleculā mōleculīs
Vocative mōlecula mōleculae

DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • molecula in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • molecula in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016