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What are diatomic elements?

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@aaronq maybe you can help me please?
di- is a prefix (from latin, i think) meaning 2 so diatomic means 2 atoms, a diatomic atom is, by definition, an oxymoron, it should read diatomic molecule. examples could be oxygen gas which is O2 or hydrogen gas H2.
so everywhere where the diatomic elements are used you always have to have 2 next to them?

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no, you misunderstood. A diatomic element doesn't exist, because an element is an atom, by definition, and there aren't any 2 atom elements are there? I think the wording is confusing you. An element is a sole atom (one atom), not bound to any other atom. A MOLECULE, is 2 or more atoms bound together through some kind of bond. So, a diatomic molecule is a molecule made up of 2 atoms or more (a triatomic molecule would be made up of 3 atoms.. tetraatomic made of 4 etc.). so an example of a diatomic molecule would be H2 or O2, or any molecule made of 2 atoms. |dw:1360187628468:dw|

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