What is the difference between an atom and an element?

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Apr 11, 2018

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Although one could claim that these two words are strongly connected they are widely different:

An atom is the smallest component of an element, containing neutrons, protons and electrons, and makes up everything around us.

An element is a substance in which all of the atoms have the same atomic (proton) number. It is also defined as a substance which cannot be broken down by chemical means