orbital - Medical Definition
orbital - Science Definition
The shape of atomic orbitals is governed by several factors, the most important of which are the quantum numbers which individually characterize an electron and collectively specify its state in an atom. In a hydrogen atom, for example, the electron is most likely to be found within a sphere around the nucleus. In atoms with higher energy states, the space in which the electrons are most likely to be found are represented by more complex shapes.
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Variant of orbit
- the bony cavity containing the eye; eye socket
Origin: L orbita
- the actual or imaginary path taken by a celestial body during its periodic revolution around another body
- the path taken by an artificial satellite or spacecraft around a celestial body
- the range of one's experience or activity; ordinary course of life
- Zool. the skin around the eye of a bird
Origin: MFr orbite from Midieval Latin orbita from L, path, track from orbis, a circle, wheel
- to put (a satellite or spacecraft) into an orbit in space
- to move in an orbit around
- orbital adjective
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