Group Definition

Chemistry Glossary Definition of Group

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Columns are groups of the periodic table. Steve Cole/Getty Images

Group Definition:

In chemistry, a group is a vertical column in the Periodic Table. Groups may be referred to either by number or by name. For example, Group 1 is also known as the Alkali Metals.

For further information, read about the Chemistry of Groups.

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