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Meaning of quantum theory

quan'tum the"ory

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— Physics. Physics.
  1. any theory predating quantum mechanics that encompassed Planck's radiation formula and a scheme for obtaining discrete energy states for atoms, as Bohr theory.
  2. any theory that treats certain phenomena by the methods of quantum mechanics: a quantum theory of gravitation.
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