Unitary theory

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(Chem.) the modern theory that the molecules of all complete compounds are units, whose parts are bound together in definite structure, with mutual and reciprocal influence on each other, and are not mere aggregations of more or less complex groups; - distinguished from the dualistic theory.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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