Meaning of diatomic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdʌɪəˈtɒmɪk/


  • Consisting of two atoms.

    ‘only diatomic molecules are easy to study in this way, as larger molecules invariably fragment’
    • ‘A covalent compound is held together by covalent bonds (a covalent bond holds two atoms together to create diatomic molecules, such as H 2 or N 2.’
    • ‘In a covalent diatomic molecule, a difference in the electronegativity of the atoms will result in a dipole moment.’
    • ‘However, many elements appear as diatomic molecules, as a result of attraction between individual atoms.’
    • ‘With these diatomic molecules, there is an Avogadro's number of diatomic molecules in the amount of gas that is equivalent to the relative molecular mass.’
    • ‘Many elements ordinarily occur as diatomic molecules, or molecules consisting of two atoms chemically bonded.’