One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The hypothesis that the atomic weights of chemical elements are integral multiples of the atomic weight of hydrogen.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William A. Miller (1817–1870), chemist. Fromthe genitive of the name of William Prout, English chemist and physician + hypothesis.
Prout's hypothesis/ˈpraʊts hʌɪˌpɒθɪsɪs/
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