The etymology or linguistic history and development of the term “human molecule” is a dense subject tracing its origin from the 1678 French term moléclue, a derivative of the Modern Latin molecula, which is a diminutive of the Latin moles "mass, barrier", to the 1809 view of people as "chemical species" by German polymath Johann von Goethe, to variations on the term "human particle", culminating in the coining of the term human molecule in 1869 by French historian Hippolyte Taine. 

Others to have used the term human molecule in a functional or theoretical sense in the first half of the 20th century include: Vilfredo ParetoHenry AdamsPierre Teilhard de ChardinCharles Galton Darwin, and others.  In a modern sense, the term human molecule has come to represent the functional unit in the science of human chemistry, just as the atom is the functional unit in the science of chemistry.  
 

 

 

The Human Molecule
→ Etymology
(March 6, 2008)

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