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Definition: 'Phlogiston'

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phlogiston

Type: Term

Pronunciation: flō-jis′tŏn

Definitions:
1. A hypothetical substance of negative mass that, according to the theory of G.E. Stahl, was given off by a substance when it underwent combustion, thus accounting for the decrease in mass of the ash over the original substance; abandoned after the discoveries of Priestley and Lavoisier concerning oxygen.

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